Could your trash have the makings of a work of art? A group Portland artists appear to think so. For the last five months, they’ve been getting down and dirty with found objects from Metro Central Transfer Station (read: trash picked up at the dump), and the results are on show this week at Disjecta’s gallery space.

It’s all part of GLEAN, a program in its fifth year which sees San Francisco and PDX waste management systems team up, looping in local arts organization Crackedpots, for a “creative–reuse” program dedicated to challenging consumption ideologies.

We talked to the five artists set to show their work—ten pieces each, minimum—in the GLEAN exhibition about their dumpster finds, and how they’re keeping things fresh.

GLEAN opens at Disjecta on August 14th and runs through September 6. 

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