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.
Source: Farmington artist at Royal Oak fair make people giggle
Much of what Vhils showed me were extraordinary works, based on ideas of permanence in the cities that he has either lived in or worked in, and the unique ways he combines these experiences into canvases, cement pieces, styrofoam works and even new works on old doors that are the standouts of the show.
Source: Juxtapoz Magazine – Interview: Vhils and the Things We Leave Behind
Ramekon O’Arwisters in a bathtub of dinnerware for “Smooth the Edges”
Beginning Friday, January 20th, Recology’s Artist in Residence (AIR) Program will uncover the work of three artists who were granted untethered access to the Recology Center’s 47-acres of castaway materials to reinvent their own gallery exhibitions.
Source: Recycle, Reuse, Create. The Latest from Recology’s Artist in Residence Program – SF Station – San Francisco’s City Guide
When he can, Scotka tries to learn the story behind the materials he gathers for his projects.
“It’s neat to see the story it has with it … a time when the world was a little simpler,” he said. “Now, 150 years later people remove these barns and cabins and it’s going to serve another purpose for another 150 years. I try to pass the story on.”
Brian Scotka uses reclaimed metal to make unique furniture. Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press
via Johnson City Press: Artist turns old scraps into new wonders.
Laura Scaccia of Eclecticasa at one of her stained glass tables at a show in Pennsylvania in February. “The show was a great success. We sold three pieces and people were crazy about the pattern of the wood and the feel,” said Scaccia
“I was recently introduced to a group of people that deconstruct homes. This is different than demolition because the material is saved and repurposed or reused, thus not filling our landfills,” Scaccia said.
“I saw a small sample of one of the repurposed pieces they had and I knew right away that I had to make tables,” she said.
via Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood.
The exhibit “In Another Life,” which runs through Sept. 6, includes work by Josh Price, shown, and other artists.
“We spend our time surrounded by man-made objects that become background noise to our daily lives. Upon thoughtful examination we can find a wealth of social meaning and history in any given item,” Cummings noted in the statement. “The artworks in ‘In Another Life’ harness the innate concepts associated with everyday items and bring them to our attention by presenting them as sculptures.”
via In Another Life at CF | Ocala.com.
“I’ve decided that there is too much local talent that needs to be promoted here in Buffalo,” Jonathan told me.
“After spending time lending my design talent at the Junior League of Buffalo Decorator’s Show House, for example, I am constantly running into furniture designers who appeal to my own taste, and I feel that I can offer them a place to exhibit their work.
“I am carrying tables made out of antique rail carts, repurposed windows that have been turned into works of art, and even cutting boards with unique flair (by Juliet Root). I mix these reinvented pieces in with my retro furniture and I then have the best of both worlds – a place to shop for vintage pieces, and a gallery for some of the area’s most unique artisans.”
via Project716 with a Repurpose – Buffalo Rising.
Knox Heritage will hold its second annual Salvage Show on Friday, April 6 from 6- 9p.m. on the second floor of 36 Market Square. The functional design items were created by nineteen local artists, architects, students, and designers.
The works being exhibited have been made out of architectural salvage from the Knox Heritage Salvage Room in order to promote the creative reuse of historic building materials. Each item uniquely utilizes salvaged items and develops them into something completely different and new. There will be anything from instruments, to benches, to lamps being shown and all items will be for sale.
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Houston, Texas artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck aka Havel Ruck Projects have done a series of projects that feature artistically modified houses. The startling effects they create look like CGI from a summer blockbuster move but are actually constructed with wood and building materials–sometimes from the same buildings they are modifying. And unlike their cinematic equivalent, Havel and Ruck’s creations exist in the world, for a bit anyway, so you can actually touch them.“Inversion” was a short-lived project that made a big impression in 2005 when it went up. It features the facade of an actual house with a large hole in the middle that seems to be sucking the rest of the structure into it. This video features the artists talking about the project which was commissioned by Art League Houston. Inversion was on a main thoroughfare, so a lot of people encountered it with little explanation as they drove by it every day.
via Artistic House Reimaginings in Houston by Havel Ruck Projects.
Beauty is in the eye of the guy picking through a pile of discarded concrete on the side of the road to extract several pieces of rebar. Or the woman scouring the beach for shards of glass, washed ashore from faraway lands.
Items that would appear to most of us as junk — destined for the landfill or recycle bin — are often collected by artists who see things differently.
They can see the potential of rusty wrenches for the bones of a fanciful robot. Or picture how a broken-down headboard will make a unique garden bench. They perceive that stacked ceramic tiles make a great pedestal, perhaps for a friendly gnome. And they can envision how old box springs can coil into new life as ornamental designs along a fence.
We recently met up with five artists in the Bay Area who create work from reclaimed materials, and who have this kind of art down to a science.
Read the whole article here: From the junkyard to the garden: Artists reclaim materials for masterpieces – San Jose Mercury News.