Reclaimed art - ways to find beauty in the junk we create

Reclaimed and recycled art are not new to the creative world. For many years there have been artists experimenting with reusing objects to create visual effects otherwise hard to achieve with other mediums.

Reclaimed art, up-cycled art and recycled art are described as artworks that are compiled of objects that have been thrown out by others. There are many reclaimed art and recycled art artists that use the vision of what art is to them, to create visual styles that are most impressive by any standards.

If people are not conscious of the objects they discard, then artists are searching for ways to show the beauty in the junk they re-create. This way they get a platform to get attention to much greater cause and problem.

Let´s consider this an eco friendly ways of creation. Artists will take objects that were previously used for another purpose, and turn them into a piece of art installation or house design/decor objects.

Examples of this can be found in many art exhibitions today, as well as in Contagyou studio. This space was created from mainly up-cycled items, as well as improved, left behind furniture or by reforming trash collected on the streets or beach into different objects.

Including Pablo Picasso was known for recycled art, such as the piece entitled Baboon and Young, which used a bicycle seat and a set of handlebars to create a bull's head.

A variation on recycle art called commodity sculpture was created in the early 80s, where mass produced items would be arranged in an art gallery as a sculpture. This was commonly used at the time for marketing of products, and many artists such as Steinbach, Ashley Bickerton and Jeff Koons were greatly involved in this movement.

There are many modern artists that use reclaimed objects in their art including Greg Colson, Tom Friedman, Lonnie Holley and many others. From ironing boards to tin roofs and bowling pins, he can create from most any metal object.

Our objective is to cooperate with other artists as well with our work to reuse some of the most discarded items to make the world more eco friendly, but also to create items that speak more to younger audiences and built more awareness about these subjects.

With projects like Linnart - Little Innate Artists we are bringing this subject to local schools and community to teach youth art through objects they would consider trash. Until now! Let us know if you are creating similar projects else where or would like to know more about our work.

Email hello@contagyou.com and let´s talk more!

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