At the moment the CCCB is hosting its 3rd Drap Art festival, dedicated to promoting art that is created with recycled bits and pieces. If you’re in Barcelona between now and the 14th of this month, I suggest you check it out, for there are some great pieces, and others which are simply fun, or cute. Here is my selection from the Drap Art ’12 expo – enjoy!
Quim Rifà (above) is the winner of the Residu’Art 2012 Emerging Artist Award, and he won this with his piece titled R1.
Carles Piera Claramunt makes interesting collages with several found objects and old paper, and Joaquim Falcò & Meritxell Tembleque (whom you, dear blog friend, might know as Quim Txell Comglass) were present with their spectacular “Partícules” which was created with melted down cava bottle bottoms, pieces of window glass, old lenses and iron.
Simple, yet very beautiful, a fig tree, drawn with ballpoint on several framed slats from a pallet.
I also really like this ‘marine monster’ (below), which was created with a woodcut from a fragment found on the beach and engraved by etching (with salts rather than acids).
A couple of (very different) examples of assemblage of wooden pieces: the colourful piece by Marc Sparfel and three spheres with no title by Alejandro Tobón. Which style do you prefer?
Putting wire bottle closures to new use as a delightful mobile, or recycling all sorts of objects by incorporating them into a collage, all require a good dose of creativity and vision…
… although whether you prefer one to the other is subjective to one’s personal taste.
Collages of everyday items were also on display. Of these two (above and below), I prefer Karol Bergeret’s installation…
… such a slice of life, these three gossipy ladies from the fifth floor (‘Quinto’) looking out at the world from behind their peep holes. They brought a smile to my face.
Several pieces were made with plastic elements, some quite simply…
… others with more ingenuity, but all with great effect. I quite like the soft blue lamps, made from PVC containers and rubber tubing (below).
Peter Buch recreated some wooden pieces into a comical bird or a person who appears to have stepped out of a fairy tale. Quite cute, right?
I have saved my favourites for last – a delicate mandala, made with paper and linen threads (above) and a stunning bracelet (below), which I now crave (I get that sometimes, don’t you?) made with recycled newspaper and silver.
Winner of the Premio Residu’Art 2012 Professional Award, Amparo Sard makes very interesting pieces with recycled perforated paper and gel coat, in which hands and flies are the subject. A fabulous (in my opinion) depiction of self pity (you can almost hear the pheasant whining to itself in the mirror) is this ‘sculpture’ by Sophia Daly Rossin (below), which she created with the dessicated bird she found in the rubbish bin of a restaurant, beans and a vintage silver mirror. I’m not into taxidermia at all, but I really think this is a brilliant piece. Do you like it? I’d love to find out, so don’t be shy, and drop me a line…