Michael Kareken – Painter

Painter Michael Kareken says that he gets surprisingly excited when photographing the subjects he eventually paints: piles of recycled material.

Rock-Tenn recycling manager Tom Troskey says that “his enthusiasm to do it is like a little kid’s.” What does it mean to be enthusiastic like a little kid? What is something that excites you like nothing else?

Kareken’s fascination with recycled objects goes beyond just what the object looks like. He says, “It’s stuff we use and toss away. It has a different beauty. It contains a history and a life.” ¬¬

Create a piece of art that communicates an object’s history and life.

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