Nicknames are a great thing. Whether it's a silly moniker you picked up at a high school party that you could never seem to shake or a behind-the-back way to refer to someone you just met, it's always swell to recognize others using an oddball descriptor. No stranger to the world of nicknames is Tom Bazinet. His "Tiki Tom" personality stems from his accomplishments and has earned him huge street cred on the local artist circuit as of late.
The self-described "tree trimmer and tree hugger" has been collecting trash from all over the coast and transforming it into gallery-worthy offerings. Hey, turns out your fourth-grade teacher was right: Anything can be art. Originally nicknamed Tiki Tom for evolving tree branches into glorious tikis, these days, Bazinet has his eyes set on bigger things, like washed-up coconuts and broken dolls. The aptly titled "One Man's Trash" exhibit of Tiki Tom's latest efforts will not only be a sight for your jaded eyes but also an environmental message to anyone who takes part. It's an eco-friendly mission that will make you think differently next time you take out the trash.
"One Man's Trash: The Work of Tiki Tom" runs through December 20 at ActivistArtistA Gallery/Studio at 422 W. Industrial Ave. in Boynton Beach. Call 786-521-1199, or visit activistartista.blogspot.com.
Nov. 9-Dec. 20, 2013