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Endangered: Our Oceans

The continuing tragedy of the pollution and destruction of our oceans is being ignored by much of the world’s population – particularly in the United States.

It is an ongoing concern of many of our LandfillArt artists and they are bringing attention to the unfolding tragedy through their art by creating moving images using recycled materials.  Here are the statements of six of these artists.

 

Untitled, by Alek Krylow, Denmark

Krylow_Alek-500In a world where it is easier to throw away than repair it is refreshing to take part in an enterprise where the idea is to reuse a discarded item as a painting canvas instead of allowing it to pollute the environment. “ Alek Krylow

Alek Krylow grew up in England, in a Polish family. He has been drawing since childhood. Alek was educated as a biologist in England. On moving to Denmark in 1980, he began illustrating biology books, later began teaching watercolor painting. In the last 25 years, Alex has taught watercolor and drawing techniques and has produced 18 watercolor teaching videos in Danish. He has recently published a book on watercolor techniques.

Mercury Man, by Dick Dahl

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Dirk is a self-taught artist from Washington state. He has been creating art in various forms throughout his life, exploring different mediums and techniques. Dirk works in ceramics creating and teaching the making of Face Jugs in his studio in North Seattle.

After my family and I were watching a documentary on islands of floating trash in the open sea… This project came to my attention and I was instantly compelled to connect with my roots, creating beauty or art out of discarded items. ”

Jelly Fish, by Virginia Mallon

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Jelly Fish, by Virginia Mallon

 

Virginia’s home town of Crab Meadow, which is located on the Northshore of Long Island was hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which inspired her to launch two projects, the first project, “Washed in on the Salt” is about catastrophic weather related events. The second project titled, “Out is a Place” comments on what is taken away, as well as on what is discarded, thrown out, tossed aside without the conscious awareness that out is a place. These projects resulted in a collection of lost and found items that represent the precarious balance between man and his environment, and the lack of value placed on disposable possessions.

I am a painter, photographer and blogger with a focus on both human and environmental subjects. In my work I hope to illustrate the juxtaposition man and nature while paralleling the strengths and vulnerabilities of each.” Virginia Mallon

Virginia was educated at Forest Park School of Art, Woodhaven, New York- with Indian Space artist Robert Barrell Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing New York. Her work has been shown in many solo, group and juried exhibitions throughout the East Coast and Italy.

 

Portal to the Sea, by Becky Luth 

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British Columbia, Canada

I love being in the ocean and value any efforts to keep it clean, so we can continue to enjoy its magic!” Becky Luth

Most of Becky’s art is related to the ocean and has been inspired by her travels and experiences surfing, diving, snorkeling and exploring the beaches and tide pools. Her latest focus has been surf art which is her expression of thankfulness to our creator who designed the waves and gave us the ability to ride them for our enjoyment!

Her website is at: www.bekisart.com

 

Metal Hubcap Fish, by Ptolemy Elrington,

Brighton, UK

ElringtonPtolemy-500“Ken Marques’ project looks like a very positive approach to encourage ethical awareness through art and recycling. These are strongly relevant values in the nature of my work and I not only think it’s appropriate for my work to be included, it’s an honor to be a small part of this.” Ptolemy Elrington

Ptolemy, from Brighton, in the UK, has been a professional sculptor for 10 years. He works in recycled materials with regenerative eco aware theme inherent in his work. His work has been shown in numerous venues in London and the surrounding area, as well as Ireland and Greece.

His website is at: www.hubcapcreatures.com

 

The Salmon Of Knowledge, by Orla Hilton

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Limerick, Ireland

“I like the idea of making art from objects that are found. Especially when they are objects that had a previous life and use.” Orla Hilton

Orla was born and raised in Limerick, on the river Shannon. She loved to watch as her dad used to row down it when she was a child, and loved to watch the fishermen and women standing on the bridge watching and waiting.

www.orlahilton.com

 

 

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It Can be Done !

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Es Kann Getan Werden, Portrait of Karl Benz
by Jenna Fournier
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

 

Several artists represented in the LandfillArt collection have incorporated automobile history into their re-cycled hubcaps.

One of the most interesting is this Portrait of Karl Benz by Jenna Fournier in Ohio.

Karl Friedrich Benz  was a German engine designer and engineer who has generally been regarded as the inventor of the first true gasoline-powered automobile.  Together with his wife Bertha, he was the  pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.  In 1888, Karl, Bertha, and their two teenaged sons drove the first long-distance car journey in history.

While other German engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach also were working on similar types of inventions, Benz received a patent for his work first, and,then patented all the processes that made the internal combustion engine feasible for use in an automobile. In 1879, his first engine patent was granted to him, and in 1886, Benz was granted a patent for his first automobile.

The German phase in the title means, “it can be done.” Jenna Fournier chose the title as a tribute to Benz and all those who dream of doing what seems impossible.

 

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Looking at an early photograph of Benz, you can see that the artist has playfully incorporated the three “wings” of the Mercedes symbol at the center of the hubcap,  to form the flamboyant mustache and strong aquiline nose of Karl Benz.

Jenna Fournier was born in 1984 outside Los Angeles, California and grew up in a military family, landing as a teenager in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was an artist from early childhood, and began developing her talent and selling art informally off the Strip at age 18. Her paintings often reflect dreams or ideas, the planes of the natural world colliding with the modern, and her passion for music. She is also a singer-songwriter with guitar, a graphic artist, and dabbles in acting when time allows. Creative influences include Dali, Picasso, and Franz Marc. 
Her work has appeared in Las Vegas, Nashville, and Cleveland galleries. She currently lives in Cleveland, OH, and plays in the shoe-gaze rock band Nights.

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Found Objects and Landfillart

Using found objects to create works of art is part of a fascinating tradition in modern art.  (See our article on using found objects in recycling here)

Originally coming from the French term objet trouvé, a found object describes art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects or products, not normally considered art.

It is generally accepted that Marcel Duchamp perfected the concept when he made a series of ready-mades — completely unaltered everyday objects selected by him and designated as art.

A large number of artists in the Landfillart project have incorporated found objects to make statements about re-cycling.  Some of the especially interesting examples in the Landfillart Collection include:

Wheels of Change

by Lisa J Levasseur

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I think there is so much value often lost between the generations that art can play an important role in communication of these things. I am moved by the actions, history and events that shape mankind. My inspiration can come from the simplest of things, like the craftsmanship of a discarded old hubcap. I created Palette Art because I couldn’t bear to throw away the dried up paint on my palettes and found a way to turn it into art instead. I’m honored to participate in a project with such tremendous social value.” Lisa J Levasseur

Valmont, British Columbia.  Lisa has quickly emerged as an artist in less than two years with no formal art education or background painting. She is known for her incredible range of work and raw natural talent with different mediums. Featured in exhibitions in New York and Palm Desert as the creator of an innovative technique using 100% acrylic paint and unique type of abstract work called Palette Art.

Her website is at www.paletteart.org

 

Shiny But Cracked Landscape

by David Benforado

BenforadoDavid-500I like the idea of working with discarded materials. It was a challenge to work on a restricted size and surface such as the hubcap. My concept was to come up with a theme which reflects our impact on nature. The car industry and the carbon emissions greatly add to the pollution of the environment. In addition, I am very pleased to take part on this global initiative of collecting metal canvasses and doing something creative with them.” David Benforado

Syros, Greece.  David studied painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, received a BFA from Brandeis University, and had an internship at the Guggenheim Museum, Venice. He is an internationally exhibiting artist who has had several solo and group exhibitions and publications.

His website is at www.davidbenforado.com

No Bees – No Humans

Erika Wain

WainErika-500The purpose [of this piece] is to bring home an awareness of the fragility of the human’s existence, dependent on a tiny creature that most shun, run away from, swat at, and in general are fearful of – the Bee. She is indeed  a friendly ‘foe’ worthy of adoration and appreciation, for without her, humanity will not survive.” Erika Wain

A Canadian born artist now working in Los Angeles, California, Erica is both an artist on canvas and multimedia artist. She is a graduate of UCLA with a of arts degree. She has traveled Europe, Egypt, Greece and North Africa, setting in California. Erika is also a beekeeper who lost 80% of her bees in 2007 and 50% of her bees in 2008, due to colony collapse disorder, a virus that has spread all over the world. Erika’s art has been exhibited in France, Germany, New York City, Korea, California, Italy, Greece and Japan.

Hopes And Fears

by Dale Copeland

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Puniho, New Zealand

The re-use of the discarded is the hub of my assemblage artwork. The French call it ‘bricolage’ – the philosophy of the found. Careful constructions of treasured objects, joy in jetsam, philosophy in flotsam.”    Dale Copeland

Dale is an internationally exhibiting artist. She has worked in collage, jewelry, book-making, photography, fabric art and sculpture, but her favored medium is assemblage, or box art:
 careful constructions of treasured objects. Dale’s work has been published in L’Art du Collage dans tous ses états by Pierre Jean Varet, Editions Artcolle, Paris, and Artist’s Magazine, US.

 

The Vanity Circle

by Carmel Bonello

BonelloCarmel-500.jpg.pagespeed.ic.H9RPsaG-y4The concept behind creating a work of art about this theme is the use of scrap or refuse material to create the work. I wanted to create something related to Vanity and faces as I had some extra old costume jewelry to give away. I created the faces on the hub cap as I use a lot of faces in my style and combined the hubcap with the jewellery to create this work of art.” Carmel Bonello

Mellieha, Malta.   Carmel was born in Siggiewi in 1960 and studied art at the School of Arts and has a diploma in fine arts. The artist feels his art is inclined in the expressive movements. Carmel tries to experiment in different medias in most of his paintings and drawings. The artist had several solo exhibitions in Malta and abroad. Many of his works are to be found in Malta and different countries around the world especially in France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.