As we direct our gaze to San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, where the bulk of 2013 Texas Biennial action shakes out, it’s easy to miss a local contribution occurring at CentralTrak (800 Exposition Ave.). Friskt kopplat, hälften brunnet (Quickly connected, half burned) is the newest mission launched by wily local art collective HOMECOMING! Committee and it’ll move between the UTD residency and the San Antonio hub. The work looks at energy usage and consumption from a global standpoint, parodying how Sweden’s waste-to-energy program was represented in a 2012 Digital Journal piece. The article stated that the conversion of trash to energy, via incineration was so successful that the country had run out of trash to burn. They’d begun shipping the stuff in from other countries simply to keep up with demand. Naturally, HOMECOMING! has a few thoughts on that, which it’ll express by establishing a collection center for public disposal of “well-worn, broken or unwanted IKEA furniture.” The group will document the process, doubling the “service” as artful appropriation. You’re welcome to pop by and check out this participatory, growing installation beginning Thursday. Once completed, the gathered disposable furnishings will be sent to Sweden for a final show in a custom-built shipping container, and then sent to Torsviksverket for incineration, completing their life cycle destiny right back in their motherland. Better grab your Allen wrench and visit homecomingcommittee.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 5. Continues through Sept. 28, 2013