Have you ever felt just a little bit guilty about the amount of trash you create while making art? At some point all artists will inevitably be confronted with the problem of trash.
The truth is, however noble our intent may be, in the process of making things, we create a lot of trash, from packaging, to packing materials and failed projects. Some artists are rising to this challenge by using these abundant materials to make art. If you have followed this blog, you may have seen some of these artists featured in other articles.
Ali Golzado is a cardboard artist. His intricate multi-layer pieces are reminiscent of figurative expressionist paintings. Golzado hand-picks reference photographs and puts them together in interesting ways in Photoshop so that he can extract the features and elements he likes. He then sketches the completed image and uses this as a blueprint for the final sculpture. It is very tedious work and Golzado admits that he has at times had to re-do some pieces completely, to get the desired look.
Mbongeni Buthelezi paints with plastic. He collects discarded colored plastic bags off of the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa. He then melts the plastic with a special tool onto a plastic surface. The result is mind-boggling. Close up it looks like a lot of melted plastic, but has you step back, the full, painstakingly-detailed narrative emerges in a beautiful kaleidoscope of color.