Contemporary Institute of Technology,
Cardburg 2012: The Super Track
June 14 - August 12, 2012
Check out the Bedford Gallery, where you’ll witness the high-impact world of Cardburg 2012: The Super Track, an outlaw race-track made completely out of cardboard!
About the Cardboard Institute of Technology
Cardboard Institute of Technology (CIT), a team of Bay Area artists, is the driving force behind Cardburg. Established in 2007 by sculptor artist Joshua Short, CIT uses recycled cardboard and found materials to build enormous, site-specific installations that immerse audiences in a fantastic and entertaining world. Cardburg is a new work commissioned especially for the Bedford Gallery and CIT ups the ante with a low-powered micro radio station, live performances, broadcast events, video feeds and in-car cameras. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, and join us for this outrageous, high-octane display of twists and turns! Do not miss this one-time show!
Bedford Curator Carrie Lederer comments that “CIT projects always incorporate aspects of the world we live in—from pop culture, history and myth to contemporary life. The artists are entrepreneurial in spirit, and bring an array of skills and talents to their projects, using high-tech/low-tech hybrids as a motto for construction. Each installation is a unique, humorous and thoughtful statement about our local and global community, and our attraction to large-scale, exhilarating public events.”
About his work, artist Joshua Short says that while cardboard may seem like a no-frills medium, it is perfect for creating environments that tell a story and transform a space. “Cardboard lends itself to all styles,” he says. “We try to make art that is interactive and transformative… the audience is enveloped by the story of the installation and becomes a participant. We also want it to be immediate – it’s temporal in that it’s happening right now and it will go away at the end when we take everything down.”
“You don’t have to look very hard to find cardboard – it’s ubiquitous,” Short says. “And it’s easy on the eye – it doesn’t produce a glare. Often, when we build cardboard environments, we don’t even paint the surfaces. Cardboard has a way of letting the viewer fill in the blanks. It doesn’t give too much; it gives just enough.”
About the Artists
CIT artists complement one another with an eclectic blend of skills and experience. The crew includes:
Joshua Short – A San Francisco-based artist and the founding member of CIT, Short brings a punk rock aesthetic and a background in fine art, sculpture and installation to the group. Currently, Short’s main focus is on mythical themes of survival, creative existence, and finding new uses for discarded materials. His work has been presented in an array of public spaces that include the DiRosa Preserve in Napa, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the Recology “Waste Zero” Artist in Residency Program. Short received his Masters of Fine Art from UC Davis in 2009.
Jesse “Roadkill” Wilson – A consummate artist, Wilson works in all trades and sees no boundaries. With a background in carpentry, metal, design, fabrication, and much more, she brings an unrelenting eye for detail and a desire to create large sculptural elements. Wilson is also based in San Francisco.
Michael Murnane – A multimedia artist of many disciplines, Murnane has been drawing, sculpting, writing, teaching and dreaming about faces, characters and monsters since he was a child. With a background in the entertainment and film industry, his goal is to engage the viewer in a story and take them on a personal ride through the artwork.
Joel Stockdill –Inspired by folk art, primitive and indigenous crafts and the mysteries of life, Stockdill has always had an interest in sculpture and creating. With a background in carpentry and home building, he enjoys building the infrastructure of a piece as much as he enjoys the finer aspects of cardboard detailing. Through his collaborations with Short, his work has been shown at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the DiRosa Preserve.