Posted May 19, 2010 in Arts, Decor, Food | 0 Comments

Refashioned Sculpture

The theme of today’s post: “making shit from other shit.”

First up is Fulvio Bonavia, whose recent book, A Matter of Taste, shows a collection of objects and clothes fashioned from natural and edible materials. In doing so, she’s combined two of the upperclass’ favourite pastimes: squandering resources and haute couture. I mean, this kind of excess would make Heidi Montag blush. But I’m totally serious when I say I find it to be delightfully wasteful. After all, who really cares if the food could be used for, say, feeding people? This shit is superbly entertaining to look at!

Derick Melander, on the other hand, has taken a much less bourgeois, much more Roseanne-inspired route by putting second hand clothes to marvelous use. Melander, you see, “create[s] large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing.” Last September, for instance, he unveiled a recent show, “Into the Fold,” which made art from a lot of clothes. Like, 3,615 pounds of clothes. And why 3,615 pounds? Well, that’s apparently the amount of textiles wasted by New Yorkers in the average five minutes. Alright, so that’s vaguely coherent, but the question still remains: why choose clothing as your medium? Go, Melander!:

As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence.  It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the individual and the outside world.

And there you have it: a modern artist’s hazy and inane explanation for works that could really just stand on their own. But who really cares? This shit’s glorious to look at! This Youtube interview has Melander breaking down his creative process a little more. (It also confusingly features the trailer for Precious as a related video. The fuck?) In the meantime, here’s some more Melander for y’all:

And lastly, we have Chrissie Macdonald. Macdonald creates sculpture largely from paper. Her oeuvre ranges from old-fashioned origami to familiar objects to full-on set pieces made entirely of reclaimed paper. Now, isn’t this a much more creative way to recycle? Your office should consider getting an in-house installation artist of its own.

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