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
“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
“I 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
“The 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
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
“The 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.