Much has rained from the techniques of manual that are divined in the classic paintings of the Prado. Like any other field, art has changed to adapt to the new times, performing works that would once have been impossible to catalog as such. They are neither better nor worse, but different. And, above all, very original …
A few days ago we showed you the work of Nick Smith, but he is not the only one who pulls curious raw materials to create art . Every time is less for spring and Grace Ciao should have new sketches in mind. Of course, this is her favourite season of the year, as the Singapore illustrator uses royal flower petals as fabric for her outfits . With nature as inspiration, it creates exquisite designs perfectly suited for parading on the catwalk.
Christian Faur also has in the pencil the means to transmit his talent. Literally: you can use 20,000 coloured crayons to make three-dimensional portraits. And it is in this simplicity of elements that hides the complexity of his work: with mathematics as a base, Faur has managed to create a language of his own thanks to the tonal varieties offered by the crayons, which he arranges as if they were pixels of a photograph.
From here, the reader must be wondering: is it possible to make art with any kind of material, however surreal it may seem? Yes, indeed. Immony Men finds in yellow the post-its best ally for his hyperrealist works and Eric Daigh builds true wonders with a lot of wit and lots of thumbtacks.
But the one who takes the palm for handling the weirdest (and smelly) medium of all is Maurizio Savini , who uses tons of pink chewing gum to erect figures on a large scale. After 10 years with this material, the combination of the chewing gum with the sculpture is electrifying, ” like a short-circuit “, as it manages to turn the ludic into something imposing.
Finally, there are those artists who take advantage of our waste, what will end up in the garbage without remedy and without use. They are Zac Freeman and the couple formed by Tim Noble and Sue Webster who, in a very similar way, create completely different works. The starting point is the same: non-degradable waste. However, it is in the modus operandi in what they are distant. with the works of Noble and Webster, the theory is confirmed that appearances deceive. If at the beginning we can feel cheated by a collection of senseless rubble, with the sensation that something escapes us, in the end we discover that what makes them originals is not their materials but the way of projecting the sculptures.
Without any apparent order, but with all the intention, this pair of artists form piles of debris that only take shape when they are applied a light spot from a certain point and its shadow is projected in the wall. It is then that, from paper, cans and organic waste, we can identify objects, people and even portraits. Some creations that transform the initial abstraction into a figurative and recognisable art.
After collecting buttons, bicycle chains and empty bottles, The Original Art Shop told us that Zac Freeman sticks them on a piece of wood and gives them depth and dimension through the lace technique . Thanks to it, he conceives surprisingly realistic portraits that want to represent the changes in society and the continuous advancement of technology.
La Mona Lisa or Las Meninas may never go out of style, but there is more and more room for new techniques, which come on the run and stomping.