Interurbanicity: Refuse: Cuppa-Cups Collection

Eleanor King is getting dirty for her artwork! Cuppa Cups Collection is a performance and installation on view at Third Space Gallery from February 27th – April 10th. Opening Gala from 6-8pm at The Infusion Tea Room 41 Charlotte St.
Eleanor King’s Cuppa Cups Collection is an installation made entirely from paper cups collected from the trash on the streets. A lightweight and ubiquitous object, countless paper and Styrofoam cups are trashed daily, making them an ideal symbol of excess, an index of waste, and a perfect material for minimalist sculpture.
Cuppa Cups Collection is fueled by a desire to create with nothing but waste material. This project is satisfying both artistically and socially, building sustainable sculpture and demonstrating environmental activism.
“It’s a political act for me” says King, “I dig in garbage cans in public areas, fishing out seemingly worthless objects. I’m diverting cups from trash and transforming them to art material. I love making sculpture, but I did not want to make any more new objects in the world. Starting Cuppa Cups was a way to facilitate making new installation work and satisfying my environmental concerns simultaneously. I hope people will see me and the work and it will remind them to carry a travel mug!”
Eleanor King is an interdisciplinary artist who works with site-specific installation incorporating elements of audio, video, photography, and sculpture. Her work fuses found materials in a playful way to critique social behaviours, investigating consumer and tourist cultures. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has participated in residency programs in Canada and the US. Eleanor teaches in the Media Arts department at NSCAD University and holds the position of Exhibitions Coordinator at Anna Leonowens Gallery. She is also a member of indie-rock bands The Just Barelys and The Got to Get Got.
Cuppa Cup Collection is presented as part of the Interurbanicity series for which Third Space received project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. Third Space also receives annual funding support from the Province of New Brunswick Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport and support from the Telegraph Journal, Punch Productions and UNBSJ.
The only artist-run centre for contemporary art in Saint John, Third Space Gallery / Galerie Tiers-espace is an interdisciplanary exhibition, performance and production space committed to representing local, regional and national professional contemporary artists. This exhibit will be on display 24/7 at the Third Space Galley window at 40 Charlotte St.