Friday, April 22, 2011

Eco Art & Recycled Art!

Flare, 2009 by Sayaka Ganz

Happy Earth Day!

Today's post is about eco artists and artists who work with recycled materials!
I would like to distinguish that eco artists work with the environment to create works of art that are not damaging to the area in which is is created. In the case of Andy Goldsworthy, he created sculptures from rocks near the beach, which the beach would eventually destroy. There is a sincere difference between eco artists and artists who work with recycled materials. Artist Lynne Hull's website has a terrific description of eco art:

  • Artists interpret nature, creating artworks to inform us about nature and its processes, or about environmental problems we face
  • Artists interact with environmental forces, creating artworks affected or powered by wind, water, lightning, even earthquakes
  • Artists re-envision our relationship to nature, proposing through their work new ways for us to co-exist with our environment
  • Artists reclaim and remediate damaged environments, restoring nature in artistic and often aesthetic ways
A good example of an artist who works with recycled or reclaimed materials is Leo Sewell. Below are some eco artists and artists who work with recycled materials! Hope you are inspired! (PS I know it's kind of stereotypical, but a post on eco art wouldn't be a post about eco art if I didn't post images of work by Smithson and Goldsworthy!)

Below is an image of one of the most well known eco art works, Spiral Jetty, which is in the great salt lake in Utah! It even has it's own wikipedia page!

Goldsworthy creates artwork using natural materials; ice, rock, sticks, and sometimes even his own spit. He lets nature take over when he's finished, which is why he calls himself a naturalist. A few years ago, we watched Rivers and Tides (a documentary on Goldsworthy), which was enough to put me off of his art for life. Alas, this is an art blog and so it wouldn't be complete without showing some of his work. Many a kindergarten class has done a project on Goldworthy before.

Chris Jordan is already pretty well known for his digital art. Now he's moved on to using recycled materials to recreate famous artworks (Below is two of Hokusai's views of Mount Fuji as well as Seurat's Sunday on la Grande Jatte)

This Japanese artist uses bags (the paper kinds you get at checkout from a store, especially in places like the mall) and a knife to create these beautiful, miniature spaces. He uses man-fabricated materials to create a miniature landscape, always of trees. Do you recognize any of these bags?

Hull is an eco artist in every sense of the word. Her work is made from the natural materials available in the environment in which the works are created. Hell, she even owns the domain name, so you know she must be legit.

De Hoop isn't what I'd consider an eco artist as much as an environmentally aware artist, but his work makes the public think about how much "human progress" has impacted the environment. Everything he does is in a public space, altering something so that it becomes eye catching because it's out of place.

(Nature Crossing)

Ganz works with recycled materials, creating amazing sculptures out of objects that would otherwise clutter a landfill. I love these! This would be such a fun project for an elementary school collaborative installation!

You can find more eco artists at the Green Museum! Don't forget to revist the post on Knit Bombing, as there are tons of knit bombings going on all over the world today!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous25.4.11

    WOWzer! I love the Pakistan Jingle trucks! Those are so amazing! I find it so inspirational, I almost want to decorate my entire art room that way! Totally cool.

    The earth day art work you posting is so incredible. Love it.