Raw + Material = Art
Found, Scavenged and Upcycled
Thames & Hudson, London, 2012
Expect the unexpected in this vibrant survey of contemporary artists and makers who transform the most unlikely everyday materials into works of breathtaking skill and originality.
Through their imaginative approaches to medium, method and technique, these artists are producing work that is ingenious, inquiring and conscious of its relationship to the natural world, and in the process redefining the materials of art for the
Some of the artists have invented new techniques, while others have broken new ground in the presentation of their work, creating fresh, dynamic forms of display.
Low-cost, low-tech media and original techniques often produce work that defies categorization and pushes the boundaries of art itself. Some repurpose utilitarian or scrap materials such as flip-flops, broken bottles and skateboards. Others use established media such as paper, stone, concrete and steel, or are drawn to traditional craft techniques to make art that is tangible, tactile and highly skilled.
The ingeniously crafted and thought-provoking results showcased in this book range across a broad spectrum, from intimate paper collages to large public sculptures constructed from discarded wood.
Despite the diversity of the artists’ methods and ideologies, their work shares an underlying current: it uses resources that would otherwise be wasted, reflecting contemporary concerns about the environment.
Tristan Manco is a leading commentator on street art and the author of numerous books on the subject.