Recycled Art in the Rust Belt
Uptet (Baylonian Gunship) by Kyle Fokken
The Canton Museum of Art has an exhibit that makes Ruby Re-Usable really want to visit Ohio: Something from Nothing: Contemporary Recycled Sculpture From America’s Rustbelt features work by 13 artists from New Jersey to Minnesota. Curator Pat Buckohr stated that the impetus for this show was a perceived lack of academic acceptance for a medium he loves: sculpture using recycled materials. However, he goes on to say that he selected ” … artists who focus more on the end result rather than the materials that go into the sculpture. The medium is not the message.” Ms Re-Usable can relate; just because one uses materials that are picked out of the garbage to make something does NOT mean it is recycled ART. There is plenty of stuff out there that remains junk — have you ever checked out Regretsy? Recycled rubbish claiming to be art/craft is often featured on that hilariously snarky site. We can post more examples, heck, we could start a blog making fun of the other folks’ failed efforts at transforming trash into art. Since that is not our style, you will just have to read more about this recycled art show that we admire from afar HERE and HERE and HERE and then go MAKE ART NOT WASTE!
oh my, regretsy is going to become a guilty pleasure, for sure (though i will always secretly fear that one of my listings will show up). more importantly, though, i am glad to have found your blog; it’s inspiring and i’ve added it to my blog list.
well, thanks for checking ODD out! I have actually considered submitting some of my art work to Regretsy, just haven’t gotten around to it yet …