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Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

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)

Source: Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal

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.

Source: Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal

Buildin’ Manhattan on Vimeo

Buildin' Manhattan from Gideon Camera Crew | Cowboyfilm on Vimeo.

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.

SoDo’s Recology CleanScapes Program Gives Seattle Artists Mountain of Trash

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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.”

Source: SoDo’s Recology CleanScapes Program Gives Seattle Artists Mountain of Trash

The Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff launches Recycled Art Exhibition with a new venue | Arts and Theatre | azdailysun.com

Chandelier by Dennis Taylor

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.

Source: The Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff launches Recycled Art Exhibition with a new venue | Arts and Theatre | azdailysun.com

Martin Angelov upcycles an abandoned telephone booth into public seating | Inhabitat

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.”

Source: Martin Angelov upcycles an abandoned telephone booth into public seating | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

See What Artists-in-Residence at a Trash Dump Create | Atlas Obscura

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.

Source: See What Artists-in-Residence at a Trash Dump Create | Atlas Obscura

A 100-Year-Old Church Transformed Into A Skate Park Painted With Colorful Graffiti | FancyCrime.com

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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.

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via A 100-Year-Old Church Transformed Into A Skate Park Painted With Colorful Graffiti | FancyCrime.com.

Reclaimed Wood Wall Art: Grace Spirals by MPCustomMade on Etsy

Reclaimed Wood Wall Art: "Grace Spirals"

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.

via Reclaimed Wood Wall Art: Grace Spirals by MPCustomMade on Etsy.

Wood Wall Art reclaimed wood art industrial by ArtGlamourSligo

Wood Wall Art, reclaimed wood art, industrial decor, "Fire sparks"

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.

via Wood Wall Art reclaimed wood art industrial by ArtGlamourSligo.

Heather Patterson Artist Profile | Artful Home

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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.

via Heather Patterson Artist Profile | Artful Home.

Expensive painting sold for $12 at local Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times

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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.

via Expensive painting sold for $12 at local Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times.

One man’s trash is an opportunity for a professor to create art | Golden Gate Xpress

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)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.

via One man’s trash is an opportunity for a professor to create art | Golden Gate Xpress.

Hyland Mather – the lost object

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.

A Detroit Collage: How a Graffiti Artist, Apparel Company and Nonprofit Are Helping to Keep Art in Schools – The Root

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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.”

via A Detroit Collage: How a Graffiti Artist, Apparel Company and Nonprofit Are Helping to Keep Art in Schools – The Root.

Baltimore Fishbowl Southwest Baltimore Mural Evinces Second Chance – Baltimore Fishbowl

photo via Second Chance

“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.

via Baltimore Fishbowl Southwest Baltimore Mural Evinces Second Chance – Baltimore Fishbowl.

Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP | Colossal

Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP wood installation architecture

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.

Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP wood installation architecture

Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP wood installation architecture

Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP wood installation architecture

via Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP | Colossal.

Juxtapoz Magazine – The Still of the Night in New Orleans

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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.

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via Juxtapoz Magazine – The Still of the Night in New Orleans.

Painted City: Looking at Art on the Streets of Detroit | Annabel Osberg

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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.

2014-04-04-IMG_475550Percent.jpgvia Painted City: Looking at Art on the Streets of Detroit | Annabel Osberg.

Vacated – justinblinder.com

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.

via Vacated – justinblinder.com.

Happy Demon Hot Sauce by Space Monkey Designs

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.
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This salvaged table top became Big Bot (see below).
Big Bot Space Monkey Designs

BigBot Space Monkey Designs

Laser cut letters and images are applied to salvaged warehouse wood to make Happy Demon Hot Sauce.Demon Space Monkey Designs

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Space Monkey Designs is filled with Brian’s amazing artwork. Stop by and get Happy!

Banksy Brooklyn Art Goes to Auction – WSJ.com

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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.

via Banksy Brooklyn Art Goes to Auction – WSJ.com.

$300 Million Pledged to Save Detroit’s Art Collection – NYTimes.com

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.”

via $300 Million Pledged to Save Detroit’s Art Collection – NYTimes.com.

Reclaimed materials express ‘yearning’ at college gallery

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CCC - Christopher Wagner's 'Standing Coyote' is among 15 sculptures in 'Solitary Gestures' opening Jan. 13 in the Alexander Gallery.

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.

by:by: PHOTO COURTESY: CCC - Christopher Wagner's 'A Standing Figure 2' will be on display at Clackamas Community College starting in January.

 PHOTO COURTESY: CCC – Christopher Wagner’s ‘A Standing Figure 2’ will be on display at Clackamas Community College starting in January.

via Reclaimed materials express ‘yearning’ at college gallery.

ReStore selling huge donation of valuable artwork | Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

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.

via ReStore selling huge donation of valuable artwork | Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity.

Habitable Spaces: Blending art and farming in Kingsbury – San Antonio Express-News

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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

via Habitable Spaces: Blending art and farming in Kingsbury – San Antonio Express-News.

Judge OKs Detroit bankruptcy filing but questions selling DIA art – latimes.com

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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.”

via Judge OKs Detroit bankruptcy filing but questions selling DIA art – latimes.com.

A Brick Facade Appears to Melt Off of an Apartment Building in Margate | Colossal

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/75760193]A Brick Facade Appears to Melt Off of an Apartment Building in Margate installation architecture

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.

via A Brick Facade Appears to Melt Off of an Apartment Building in Margate | Colossal.

Phoenix, A Pair of Massive Phoenix Sculptures Made of Chinese Construction Debris – Laughing Squid

Phoenix by Xu Bing

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.

Phoenix by Xu Bing

photos by Hideo Sakata/MASS MoCA

via Phoenix, A Pair of Massive Phoenix Sculptures Made of Chinese Construction Debris.

Parvez Taj’s White Barn Collection | 2Modern Blog

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!

via Parvez Taj’s New White Barn Collection (Plus an EXCLUSIVE 20% off, Week-long Art Sale!) | 2Modern Blog.

St. Louis street artist turns the obscure into a canvas of urban life

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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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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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.”

via St. Louis street artist turns the obscure into a canvas of urban life.