Dirty art: Every piece in “Swept Away”, an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, is made up made of dirt, dust, trash, or pollution. (Photo: Detail of “Flora,” Phoebe Cummings, 2010. From Museum of Art and Design / Sylvain Deleu)
There is quilt made of lint, a dust-covered cleaning cloth molded into the shape of a skull, and sculptures of crows burned to charcoal and smeared all over the place. There’s also a “dirt map” — an 8x10-foot plastic tray filled with 15 years of soil samples. More.