Recycling art is one that can be simple and complicated all at once. Collages, jewelry, sculptures and three-dimensional “paintings” can be created with reuse art. For an artist who is creating recycled works anything and everything is a medium and there are no boundaries when it comes to creativity with various objects. Paper, metal, glass, plastics, nuts and bolts, wires, silver, fabric, empty toothpaste and paint tubes, you name it and it can be used in recycling art. |
Even everyday objects such as egg and milk cartons, coffee, cola and beer cans, plastic food containers, absolutely nothing will be wasted. Not only do these objects come in handy while creating any kind of sculpture but the form in itself is a very environment friendly one. Let’s take a look at the various materials that make up reuse art.
Paper can be incorporated into recycled art objects very effectively. A collage is ideally made up pieces of paper and fabric can be used as well. Paper cut-outs from magazines, newspapers, old posters and comic books can be used for collages. Another technique that uses recycled paper is the papier-mâché technique. A recycle artist can create very artistic and tasteful-looking bowls and sculptures out of papier-mâché.
Metals, glass and ceramics
Some sculptors create free-standing structures that are made entirely of recycled materials. Aluminum and tin cans, sheets of reclaimed metals, sections of old metal fencing and metal bottle tops can be used. Old and unused necklaces and earrings, beads and pieces of colorful glass can be incorporated into the sculpture to add dimension and a unique look to it. Shards of ceramic tiles can make it look very quaint and attractive. Some artists even end up using unusual materials such as old printer cartridges and create beautiful pieces out of it.
Websites and exhibitions
Actual recycled art exhibitions are interspersed with other ones at many art galleries, right round the year. However, there is a concentration of recycled art displays in many cities around Earth Day. This is the time of the year when the spotlight shines brightly on reusing, recycling and sustainability. Be versatile with your work and your style. Do not restrict yourself to material and form. When you are starting out as a recycle artist it is important to be experimental and not fall into the stereotype trap. This strategy will provide you with a wider audience, explore your potential in the field and then you can eventually settle in the niche segment you prefer.
Recycled art can be exhibited at art galleries or online. Today, there are numerous online galleries that promote recycled art and budding artists are welcomed. In most cases, the owners of the site will ask the artist to upload or send photographs of his/ her work. Once they find it interesting and appealing they will give you space on their site to upload pictures and information about your artwork. Art-lovers know that a lot of interesting work can be found online nowadays and chances of your work being noticed are high.
NDI Gallery focuses on recycling art sculptures and works. Today, a lot of companies and organizations like to invest in Reuse Art .
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