New Zealand-based artist Louise McRae works with pieces of discarded wood that are hand-split into small fragments and then carefully reassembled into intricate wall sculptures.
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The wall art is made using reclaimed wood from older homes in Portland, OR and the surrounding area. Some of the pieces are primarily made from reclaimed lath and plaster. Each piece of wood is carefully selected by it’s color, texture, and character during the arrangement of the design.
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Now in its eighth year, GLEAN was created to help raise awareness about our consumption habits and inspire new ways of looking at trash as a resource. The program is a partnership between Metro, the government that manages the greater Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; Recology, a company that manages garbage and recycling facilities; and crackedpots, a local environmental arts nonprofit. Artists are selected each year by a jury of arts and environmental professionals.
GLEAN exhibit challenges ideas about waste; showcases artists at Bison Building, Aug. 3 – 25
Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Carolyn Drake, Liz Grotyohann, Benjamin Mefford, Brittany Rudolf and Eduardo Cruz Torres – transformed an unpredictable stream of trash from the Metro Central transfer station into art. Their works will be on display and sale at the Bison Building, 421 NE Tenth Ave., Portland. Opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 Friday, Aug. 3. Ends Aug. 25. Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. More details at Gleanpdx.org or 503-278-0725.
bufalino has a knack for turning the ordinary into the absurd. this time, the french artist hacked an old ford mondeo to become a fully functional wood-burning pizza oven (and the pies look pretty incredible).
BN Steel and Metals owner Mark Riffel calls the metal recycled dinosaur in front of his shop Rusty. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)
“There is a reuse side to things that [don’t] just have to be melted down and made into the same old piece of steel or plate or pipe. There’s a creative side.”
“Fish Fish” Mixed media 12″H x 16 1/4″W
I thought my art career would be as a painter but three years ago I signed up for my first art show and started working with recycled materials. At the time I had no idea that these assemblages would become my passion and take me along an entirely different artistic path.
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The family’s curtains are hung up using magnets. As Shelby emphasizes, the bus’ metal walls makes it perfect for putting all kinds of things up using magnets (spice containers, LED lights, etc.).
A Wall Angel by artist Ann Marie Fischer, one of the participants in the Royal Oak Spring Art Fair. Courtesy Ann Marie Fischer
“I grew to love architectural salvage, items I found at estate sales and salvage yards, and started incorporating it into my work,” the Farmington Hills artist says.
Much of the material these little sculptures are crafted out of came from the rubble of the old Eagle building at 825 E. Douglas.As the building was being demolished last year, Stevenson coordinated with the Eagle and the Bradburn Wrecking Company to salvage quirky bits of the building for use in this art exhibition — at that point, still merely an idea she’d had for years.
Installation view of Emily Neufeld’s Before Demolition, her solo exhibition at Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery. (Photo: Dennis Ha/Courtesy of BAF Gallery)
Houses are the subject of Neufeld’s work, sure, but they’re also her canvas, her materials and her gallery. And since 2014, she’s found a way inside ordinary bungalows and split-levels around East and North Vancouver before the bulldozers arrive, securing permission through the builders.
Emily Neufeld. Grand Boulevard. 2015. (Courtesy of the artist)
Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other found detritus, Bordalo has become famous for his uncanny depictions of animals—those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy. While scale often plays a large role in his outdoor wall-mounted street pieces, the artist also created considerably smaller assemblages attached to old doors, siding, and windowpanes.
Months and months of long working days… over 6000 pieces sawn to perfection. BUILDIN’ MANHATTAN Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld created a 10 feet long Manhattan in wood, special wood: red cedar from Manhattan water towers. Shipped in a sea freight container from New York City to The Netherlands. One day the piece will be back in New York.
Recology CleanScapes Artists in Residence Max Cleary and Meg Hartwig exercises her “scavenging privileges” at SoDo recycling facility.
“What’s interesting about recycled materials is that when it comes down to it, they’re all just things caught in a cycle of being acquired and passed on,” Cleary observed in April, early in his residency. “The materials I find within Recology’s recycling stream have the potential to contain richer, more unexpected backgrounds and be in unpredictable states, which is exciting to me.”
Chandelier by Dennis Taylor
This work to help install the work is a demonstration of how the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff has found a sturdy partnership with the Flagstaff Mall. The Coalition’s gallery relocated to the mall as a tenant last year, and this is the first year the recycled art exhibit has taken place there. As one of the organization’s biggest shows, the mall has opened up its space to allow some of the larger pieces to display in the mall’s common areas.
While many governments and civilians may be fine with dumping those booths at the landfill, artist Martin Angelov shows that outdated structures can be given new life with just a bit of creative elbow grease. Angelov transformed parts of an old telephone booth into a chair in a project described as “a protest against hundreds of abandoned telephone booths in the era of mobile communications.”
The idea originated with artist and environmentalist Jo Hanson. After creating her own art with trash and assisting with campaigns such as city-wide street sweepings, in the late 1980s Hanson approached Recology about a program where artists could reuse materials from the dump. At around the same time, San Francisco was implementing new recycling laws, and looking for ways to raise awareness about waste. The artist-in-residence program fit that bill.
A historic church in the Spanish city of llanera was transformed into a skate-park earlier this year by La Iglesia Skate; titled Kaos Temple, it has now undergone a second, more colorful transformation at the hands of street-artist Okuda San Miguel.
Elegant and graceful, this spiraling piece invites the eye to play. Made of reclaimed buckthorn (an invasive species in our area) with ash accents, this mosaic-like piece measures 14 1/2 inches tall by a whopping 40 1/4 inches long in its frame. This piece is wired to hang vertically or horizontally, and cannot wait to grace your space. Both the buckthorn and the ash are sourced from in and around Chicagoland.
Wood Wall Art, Modern wall sculpture, 3D triangles, hand painted, woodburned, cut, dyed and sanded. Each piece is painted in unique acrylic or wood dye colours mixed by me, and not available in any shop, making the sculpture unique and one of a kind. Each wood piece is cut into triangles, woodburned and hand sanded, dyed or painted to receive this modern abstract look piece. Wood pieces are painted in a special way that after assembling I create unique shape and the light is giving different shine by creating shade on each of mine pieces differently.
Heather Patterson builds three dimensional sculptural mosaics using found wood, sea glass, ceramics and metals. Collecting the unremarkable evidence left behind — items that are washed up on a beach or tossed on the street, construction materials from demolitions and renovations–Patterson takes what is overlooked and connects them to a new purpose.
Meagan Nowicki was shopping at Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Metro Restore on Greenfield in Detroit when a painting caught her eye. She says she thought it looked familiar and for a price tag of $12, she couldn’t pass it up.
Turns out the piece of art is worth an astonishing $900. Detroit artist, the late Max Shaye painted the piece before he died in 2004.
Michael Arcega collects thrown away materials into a shopping cart to be used to create art in his studio at Recology SF Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)
The residency program will provide the sculptor and installation artists with a studio, a monthly stipend and unlimited access to the dump area for materials. In addition to the time dedicated to the program, Arcega will also teach three classes at SF State and has recently debuted three pieces in the on-campus exhibit Hydarchy: Power, Globalization and the Sea.
making in London, october of 2014, with Mando (amanda marie) seeyouthroughit
i make stuff from junk. i pick up one mess, one pile, and make another mess, and another pile. i use the junk from the city, i use the stuff from the field, i use the bits in the forest, and the things in the trash. i hunt, i collect, i gather, but only what i need for the work, for the play. color, shape, composition. some lost stuff gets found again.
‘Light Moves’ Lost Object piece in Beacon, New York. Part of the Beautiful Times tour with Amanda Marie. Our friends Dan and Kelene from Thundercut / Open Space Beacon / Electric Windows made it possible.
via the lost object.
Antonio “Shades” Agee holding up a student’s artwork STEPHANIE BATTAGLIA
Shades acknowledges what might be considered a unique situation, given his commercial success in the urban art: “I’m blessed. I’m an artist. People are paying me for what I do with a God-given talent. So there’s no problem with me giving back,” the graffiti artist said, chuckling. “Any child that gets to see anyone of success doing art … is awesome. Kids love that.”
“Something that has come up over and over in our conversations with community members is how much they value the history of Baltimore and their commitment to the future of Baltimore,” Powers said in a description of the work.
Second Chance, located at 1700 Ridgely Street, was an apt choice. The organization deconstructs older buildings to make the materials available for reuse, and its workforce is made up of people who face barriers to employment.
Heather Wobbe, SFA graduate, created this upcycled art piece last year. Habitat for Humanity’s Upcycle Fair and Art show will include craft tables, contests, food, drinks, games and more.
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system.
After having his heart broken while attending Tulane University, Frank Relle turned to his neighborhood of the Garden District in New Orleans to stroll and clear his head at night. Four years after graduating college, he once again turned to his hometown for comfort during hard times and decided to begin photographing the homes and scenes that he was turing to by creating long exposure nighttime photographs.
I have traveled extensively throughout North and South America; and having seen countless cities in varying states of dilapidation, I thought I had a good idea of what to expect in Detroit. I was wrong.
Exiting the interstate was like entering another country. The sheer magnitude of decay and devastation in Detroit is overwhelming. The number of derelict buildings literally falling apart, the piles of rubble and litter all over the streets and sidewalks, the fact that there was so little police presence in some areas, or so little human presence at all, was eerily unsettling.
Jesus, get this guy to Portland!
Or, just go see Justin Blinder’s amazing work here.
Vacated reverse engineers Google Street View to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. The project finds buildings constructed in the past four years using the NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset, and it leverages Google Street View’s cache to visualize absent lots just before new buildings were constructed. For Envision 2017’s website, the ages of other buildings on these same blocks are also shown in each scene.
This is Brian Kappel. He makes things Happy. Including me.
Brain is the creator behind Space Monkey Designs. He recently made me Happy Demon Hot Sauce. I saw his work years ago and never forgot it. When I contacted Brian about his amazing designs he also let me know much of what he builds is from reclaimed warehouse shipping crates and other materials he finds.
This salvaged table top became Big Bot (see below).
Space Monkey Designs is filled with Brian’s amazing artwork. Stop by and get Happy!
The Red Hook building’s owner sold the section of the wall to art dealer Stephan Keszler about a week after Banksy’s work appeared—and now it’ll be on the block at Fine Art Auctions Miami’s second annual street-art exhibition. Mr. Keszler declined to say how much he paid for the work.
Sebastien Laboureau, an expert on street art and principal at MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors, said he estimates the red balloon work will fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.
In a statement issued by the United States District Court for Eastern Michigan, mediators called the foundations’ agreement “an extraordinary and unprecedented effort to help resolve two very challenging sets of issues — the underfunding of Detroit’s two pension systems and the preservation” of the Detroit Institute “and its iconic art collection.”
by: PHOTO COURTESY: CCC – Christopher Wagner’s ‘Standing Coyote’ is among 15 sculptures in ‘Solitary Gestures’ opening Jan. 13 in the Alexander Gallery.
“Solitary Gestures” showcases approximately 15 sculptural works that explore figurative and animal forms constructed of reclaimed materials such as lumber, hog skin and paint.
Wagner’s work aims to emphasize the spiritual or intellectual longings of humans. His formal depiction of both human and animal forms uses elongation of limbs and necks to convey a yearning to extend beyond ourselves.
PHOTO COURTESY: CCC – Christopher Wagner’s ‘A Standing Figure 2’ will be on display at Clackamas Community College starting in January.
ReStore just got in a large collection of original artwork and signed prints generously donated. The collection consists of original works by notable artists like: Karel Appel, Sara Strozinsky, & Patrick Farrell, among others.
In April 2013, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity launched a new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative strategy. For the next three to five years we will focus our efforts in one neighborhood — Washington Park. We are working together with our partner families and other neighborhood organizations to execute a comprehensive sustainable community plan. Our goal is transform Washington Park into a safe, vibrant neighborhood of choice.
Help us achieve this goal by shopping, donating, and volunteering at either of our two ReStore locations: 3015 N 114th, Wauwatosa & 420 S 1st, Milwaukee. Both locations just stocked works of fine art from the collection, but at these prices, supplies won’t last long. Shop ReStore and get fine art, for less! Both ReStores are open Tuesday-Friday 10-6 & Saturday 10-4. We will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
Photo By Lisa Krantz/San Antonio Express-News
Laura Napier has been coming out for the past 18 months laying the groundwork for “Neighborly Exchange,” a piece that “would be in a repurposed train car like with other elements of do-it-yourself architecture that happens in Kingsbury.”
“One way to do a project with us is to simply contact us and say what you are thinking about and start a dialogue and start coming out here and get to know us,” Ward said.
If things proceed the way they would like, the space eventually will be laced with livable sculptural installations.
“The idea is it’s called Habitable Spaces because we want people to come out and do a residency, and the residency is to build a structure that they inhabit and it becomes a living sculpture,” Ward said. “We don’t want people just making something and then taking off; we want them to inhabit the space.”
They’re open to a variety of ideas.
Photo By Lisa Krantz/San Antonio Express-News
An Alexander Calder sculpture, ‘Young Woman and Her Suitors,’ at the Detroit Institute of Arts. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
At the moment, the Detroit mess pits the museum, which has vowed to take legal action if necessary to defend its art, against city creditors who include current and former municipal workers, who fear seeing their pensions shaved in bankruptcy proceedings.
Also in the mix are the region’s voters, who in 2012 approved a special ten-year property tax increase intended to generate $23 million a year for the DIA to make it financially secure. Officials in Oakland County have made it clear that selling art to satisfy the city’s debts will violate the terms of the tax vote, ending its participation in financing the museum.
“Oakland County and the entire region have a vested interest in protecting our art,” county treasurer Andy Meisner told the Detroit News. “Judge Rhodes’ statement is a clear indication that the sale of this world-class art collection has no long-term financial benefit for the city.”
Fun in an abandoned warehouse.
Chinneck spent the better part of 12 months engineering the installation and worked with several companies that offered to donate materials. He tells Dezeen that he’s fascinated with spectacles and that he “wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humour, illusion and theatre to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker.”
The piece will be on view for a year before the building is eventually demolished. Read and see more over on Dezeen.
The sculptural installation “Phoenix” consists of a pair of massive phoenix sculptures made of materials scavenged from urban construction sites in China. Designed by Chinese artist Xu Bing, each bird weighs 12 tons and ranges from 90 to 100 feet in length.
photos by Hideo Sakata/MASS MoCA
2Modern is so excited to announce, new to the site, Parvez Taj‘s new White Barn Collection! What is the new White Barn Collection? Well it’s an assortment of 50+ hanging wall art pieces using reclaimed wood siding scored from white barns around the country. Charming barns built from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s! The siding varies by age, exposure to weather and wood type and these boards are imbued with character and charm — multiplied ten-fold when Parvez prints his amazing art on it!
ST. LOUIS • Basil Kincaid’s brother makes fun of him for collecting rusty paper clips he finds in the street. But rusty paper clips are only the beginning.
Kincaid, an artist, has taken to combing St. Louis alleyways, lots with abandoned buildings and construction sites for discarded pieces of wood, old bricks, pieces of slate and other items deemed no longer useful.
They’re useful to him.
He transforms the junked wood into canvases. He applies images composed from photographs he takes around the city. He blends dust from finely ground bricks, slate and Missouri limestone into polyurethane that he paints onto the wood.
“All of the materials come directly from the street,” said Kincaid, 25, who is producing his artwork at the Pulse Community Art Center, 2847 Cherokee Street, where another body of his work is now on display. “Everything is related to our environment, being St. Louis.”
The theme of his new work is reclamation.
“I take these images of dilapidated buildings and nice buildings as well — pictures from all different parts of St. Louis — and collage them together to build this new city, so that when the audience comes together … they see we all grow out of the same environment,” he explained. “The focus is really community-minded.”
Kincaid, who grew up in Rock Hill and graduated from Colorado College, has a deeper purpose as well. He wants other young African-Americans to have the opportunities he has had. To that end, he said, he mentors three children from the city and has a 19-year-old assistant who is studying art at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.
“The grand, overarching theme of reclamation goes beyond just this body of artwork,” he said. “It provides an ability for people, and the kids I work with, to reclaim their own identities and understand themselves within the true beauty that we all love.”
Kincaid’s assistant, Roosevelt High graduate Monkuell Barnes, has been working with Kincaid for about a year. Before they met, Barnes wouldn’t have given an abandoned piece of wood a second look.
“I wouldn’t have found beauty in any of that,” Barnes said. “But it’s taught me that beauty can come out of anything, really. You can make beauty from the ugliest things.
“I think he’s focused in on a very, very huge issue that’s going on in urban society… and he’s doing it through his art.”