Alexander Melamid was co-author of a book, with Vitaly Komar, based on public opinion polls about art. The basic idea was to ask people what they wanted to see in paintings, and what they didn’t want to see. And then paint the paintings people said they wanted.
The project is archived at Dia.
Melamid’s new project is another stab at the art world’s pretensions. His idea is to add another recycling bin to those we already have. Paper, Plastic, Metal, Compost, Art. He says:
I think we need to open up the recycling station. Our world is polluted by art. It’s millions and millions of objects that are created every day. So imagine there are recycling bins: plastic, paper, art … .
Plumbing has something to do with it.