The art of waste.

March 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm 2 comments

Lots of art is currently being made in the spirit of eco-friendliness. Lots of that art points out the wasteful qualities of contemporary culture, sometimes in a very condescending way. Fortunately, some artists are creating work that points out the waste without metaphorically sending us straight to our rooms. Two great projects that I recently came across are Chris Jordan’s series “Running the Numbers” and Katrin Borup’s “Heavy Metal,” from the Danish Crafts exhibit at Milan Design Week.


Chris Jordan’s “Oil Barrels” in the series “Running the Numbers”

According to Jordan, “This project visually examines [the] vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.”


Katrin Borup’s “Heavy Metal”

According to Lisa Smith at Core77, Borup’s gold ring with an enormous rock in the place of a traditional gem “alludes to an important backstory—in order to produce an ounce of gold, a big chunk of mountain is removed and crushed.”

March 27th’s daily design idea is what excess is created by your everyday life? And how could you repurpose it as art?

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