|Collage art by Sandhi Schimmel Gold made from junk mail.|
People today are becoming more aware of how important it is to GO GREEN!!!! From recycling, energy light bulbs, and, to bringing your own grocery bags to the store. It seems like everyone around the world is jumping on the band wagon when it comes to saving our planet, including our fellow artist. Many artist today are taking trash and turning it into art this is something we like to call up-cycling. Up-cycled Art is a rapidly growing trend that more and more people are taking notice too. It allows artist to express themselves in a new way while delivering a strong message to the viewer and it is also cost effective for the artist. Up-cycling allows the artist to create something worth more than its previous worth.
Andy Gregg is an artist who creates functional objects such as chairs and tables out of used bike parts. He not only turns used pieces of bike scraps into sometime people will enjoy using but he creates a piece of artwork. Gregg’s work is very elaborate and striking. The viewer is not only pulled into looking at the piece as a whole but is also drawn into viewing each bike part in its creative placement of Gregg’s design. Just by looking at Gregg’s chairs and tables the viewer automatically wants to touch and use them. The design of Gregg’s artwork is so compelling his use of shape and bike materials really creates contemporary, abstract works of art.
|Milano Lounge Chair, Andy Gregg|
|Gary Harvey's -gown from Blue Jeans|
|Gary Harvey's- gown from newspaper|
|Dark Stuff 2008 Tim Noble and Susan Webster|
Another sculpture of theirs He/She, 2004 made from welded scrap metal is very much unbelievable as well. Its mind blowing to begin to think about how these artist are able to render their work. The two sculptures that they produce both male and female peeing draw a lot of questions such as “Why are they peeing?” Well observing the art and then looking at the title, the viewer can say it shows the differences of male and female. Female squatting to pee and male standing to pee are very funny, but at the same time personal. Going to the restroom is something people consider a private matter. For instance you don't see people peeing in public because then we would have pee everywhere and it would be considered normal to pee on the street. Since its an unnatural sight to see but at the same time a natural part of life that everyone pees, it gives the feeling of humor but yet awkwardness at the same time. The most amazing thing is how all these sculptures are so abstract,but yet produce a perfect silhouette, almost as if those people were in the room.
|Trash People -first installation in 1996, HA Schult|
|Trash People most Recent installation 2011, HA Schult|
|Chapman Brothers one of thirteen watercolored Hitler paintings|