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Recycled Art from Africa

 

 

There is a type of sculpture that is exhibited and exported. This comes from the idea of re-using utilitarian objects or waste, changing them from their original use into aesthetic objects. The result is neo-sculpture and a whole other concept of design.

You can find them at rubbish tips going through the detritus, sorting through iron work, turning over bits of metal time and time again before putting them in their bags. These are neither scrap merchants nor urchins who scour the bins looking for things in good condition to pick up. They are artists who find the materials for their work in the rubbish. Bear in mind that there is a wonderful side to personal collecting at the tip, as sometimes great moments of illumination come from ordinary objects: an exhaust pipe can transform itself into a magnificent trumpet shaped work of art!

Armed with welding torches, soldering irons, hack saws and hammers the sculptor takes on the metal work giving it an aesthetic or practical use. In this way he creates furniture, animals, musicians and customised motorbikes.

We find works of great value in “recyclart”. With Sahab Koanda, a Burkinabé artist, we see musicians and horses with riders rising up out of chains, bearings, springs, exhaust pipes and miscellaneous rusty objects.

A whole world is born from salvage, which in turn is the art of seizing and re-cycling. The artist is empowered to give objects from the technological and mechanical universe a new life. Re-cycled art takes on a resisting role as our environment is invaded by these objects. It’s an attempt at reconciliation between technique and art or at least an affirmation of arts primate on technology, on man on machine, as art is born of mechanical stripping.

Creative sessions in front of an audience prove to be of specific learning value during exhibitions. For the artist, this means pulling a work of art out of metal chaos in front of spectators. It’s a performance that has no equivalent in other arts. The artist confronts the disorder of the piled metal with no idea or project in mind. What emerges?... A rough, un-sketched out work resulting from the collision of luck of the draw and the fire of the imagination.

This art form has its own philosophy: To resist the industrial world and its wasteful ways that eat away at mans vital space.

 

There is a type of sculpture that is exhibited and exported. This comes from the idea of re-using utilitarian objects or waste, changing them from their original use into aesthetic objects. The result is neo-sculpture and a whole other concept of design.

You can find them at rubbish tips going through the detritus, sorting through iron work, turning over bits of metal time and time again before putting them in their bags. These are neither scrap merchants nor urchins who scour the bins looking for things in good condition to pick up. They are artists who find the materials for their work in the rubbish. Bear in mind that there is a wonderful side to personal collecting at the tip, as sometimes great moments of illumination come from ordinary objects: an exhaust pipe can transform itself into a magnificent trumpet shaped work of art!

Armed with welding torches, soldering irons, hack saws and hammers the sculptor takes on the metal work giving it an aesthetic or practical use. In this way he creates furniture, animals, musicians and customised motorbikes.

We find works of great value in “récup’art”. With Sahab Koanda, a Burkinabé artist, we see musicians and horses with riders rising up out of chains, bearings, springs, exhaust pipes and miscellaneous rusty objects.

A whole world is born from salvage, which in turn is the art of seizing and re-cycling. The artist is empowered to give objects from the technological and mechanical universe a new life. Re-cycled art takes on a resisting role as our environment is invaded by these objects. It’s an attempt at reconciliation between technique and art or at least an affirmation of arts primate on technology, on man on machine, as art is born of mechanical stripping.

Creative sessions in front of an audience prove to be of specific learning value during exhibitions. For the artist, this means pulling a work of art out of metal chaos in front of spectators. It’s a performance that has no equivalent in other arts. The artist confronts the disorder of the piled metal with no idea or project in mind. What emerges?... A rough, un-sketched out work resulting from the collision of luck of the draw and the fire of the imagination.

This art form has its own philosophy: To resist the industrial world and its wasteful ways that eat away at mans vital space.

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6/12 - 20/1/2019: Exhibition "ANGELS" – ABOUDIA - Sadikou OUKPEDJO

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