One man’s trash is another man’s art installation

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Garbage has never looked this good.

Crushed cans hang from the ceiling above mounds of industrial junk — all of it illuminated by a rainbow colored lights in artist Chin Chih Yang’s solo show “Commissioned Installati­on,” which opens at Prospect Heights’s FiveMyles gallery on Saturday.

The artist picked through hundreds of plastic oxygen tubes, used hospital masks, aluminum cans, industrial cables, and other scrap to build a floor-to-ceiling installation that has all the charm and ambience of Wall-E’s apartment — if he lived in Park Slope.

“Yang has done fabulous practical palaces built out of recycled aluminum cans and puts lights inside so they transcend their usage, so they become luminous gorgeous environmen­ts,” said curator Hanne Tierney.

The indoor landfill actually feels welcoming — and the accumulation of artfully arranged garbage alludes to the aesthetics of manufactured products, while also calling attention to the sheer volume of waste created every day.

The installation is open to the public on May 5, but those who drop in before then can see the artist at work, said Tierney.

“The process is as interesting as anything else,” the curator said.

Chin Chih Yang “Commissioned Installation” at Five Myles [558 St. Johns Pl. between Classon and Franklin avenues, Prospect Heights, (718) 783-4438]. Opens May 5, 1—6 pm.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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