Chronicle of Consumption

One of the pieces in my current show is called Chronicle of Consumption. It consists of a video clip and two still images that show the fate of a beautiful case of drawers that had been discarded on a Cambridge Massachusett street. At fist I tried to see if I could save it. After mulling it over for several minuts, I realized that I didn't have space for it at home, so I called my friends and tried to convince them to adopt it. Unfortunately, people were at work, did not have a car, etc., and I gradually came to understand that the only survival chances for this dresser would have been a miracle –  a passer by who would fall in love with it and adopt it.  I doubted this would happen and ultimately decided that if I couldn't be this piece's rescue squad, I could at least be a field reporter and document its sad fate. 

The still images shows the dresser standing near a pile of trash bags. A pedestrian walks by and examines the piece, surely contemplating to pick it up. But, then for whatever reason he decides to leave it be and walks away.

By the way, this guy was not the only person who showed some interest in the piece and couldn't take it home. The clock was ticking and all of the sudden the roar of the trash truck started to be heard. Will there be a happy ending to this story?

Watch the video and see….



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About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.