From March 2005 to November 2008, artist and co-founder of the radio program and DJ collective Chances with Wolves Kenan Juska created sequential collages made from cast-off materials primarily found on the streets of New York. The work showcases a wide spectrum of human experience and provides a daily snapshot of our collective lives. Items like newspaper and magazine clippings combined with intimate trinkets from people’s lives render a rough portrait of the collective consciousness and value system of contemporary culture.
“Making this work was, on a personal level, an almost subconscious precursor to Chances with Wolves,” explains Justka. “The daily meditation of collecting materials people cast off, and turning them into a sculptural diary, ended as the radio program began. With each episode of the radio show, we take overlooked and forgotten songs from different contexts, times, cultures and styles; ‘beautiful failures’ we think of them as, and do our best to meld them into an seamless experience for our listeners.”
Pioneer Works Press published a book in conjunction with the show featuring a foreword by Justin Cox of Chances with Wolves.