Great Names in Recycled Art – II
In a largely materialistic world afflicted deeply by consumeristic ambitions, the magnanimity of plastic waste we create is overlooked or ignored in favor of convenience and perceived development. We tend to forget the importance of recycling or taking measures to minimize waste in our everyday lives. These artists have created works with a cause to bring focus on the oft forgotten trash we create and the balance that we often trip inadvertently.
Empty bottles and other cheap plastic articles like packaging intended for single use are brought together by Kathrine Harvey to create sculptural installations. In “Fountain” plastic trays pour out of the top and in another similar installation a surge of empty milk cartons and soda bottles spill out from ceiling to floor. The work is organic and never forced, mimicking the natural arrangement of the garbage and other waste that the human produce.
With an intent to grant “banal and overlooked objects a new significance”, Stuart Haygarth creates unique works of art. Collecting everything from plastic cups to old eyeglass lenses and tail lights and morphs them into objects of use and aesthetic charm. His perspective on creating art involves seeing beyond the traditional roles that have been imposed on the object through a limited vision.
A disposable spoon is an object we use once and discard to end up in a landfill or an ocean. 10,000 plastic spoons and more than a third of that number of rubber bands to build a massive pyramid that will last to represent the sheer volume of waste that we end up creating without even realizing the scale of it. The whole effect is magnified by a time lapse video showing the structure collapsing to remind you of a landfill.
Cracking Art Group
A collaborative group, Cracking Art Group comprises of Renzo Nucara, Carlo Rizzetti, Marco Veronese, Alex Angi, Kicco, and William Sweetloe. Their works are typically large installations made from recycled plastic which are then placed in public spaces. Their process includes repeatedly melting down recycled plastic, and casting them into new animal forms with the hope of establishing a more enduring use for the disposable objects.
Edgar is known to go out for morning walks and come back with plastic bottles, mostly detergent bottles and emulate an assortment of fish, jelly fish, and other sea creatures to create a unique Plastiquariam. Even after working with steel for most of his career he chose to work with plastic and claimed it to be a much easier material to work with. For most of his work Edgar simply uses a pair of scissors.