Saturday, May 3, 2008

. . . recycled art material




I almost hate to tell you how this piece was created. . . but I will. I apply blue painters' tape to the edges of my canvases and papers when I paint so I will have a nice clean edge. I have been saving these tapes and created this piece by applying strips to a piece of black matteboard. I have experimented with cutting the tape into different shapes and sizes and will show more of this later. Five days and five pieces of art. . . that's good for me. I'm taking today off and going to the Brookside Art Fair with Betsy.



My poor sainted husband works about 200 hours a week. He usually has a half day off during the week, and only goes in occasionally and briefly on Sundays. So yesterday, he had a choice of driving me around to take pictures or mowing the lawn. He chose me. He likes to drive and explore and where I wanted to go was not somewhere I would feel comfortable going alone. This picture was taken at a decrepit used car lot where he knew the owner and the owner let me have free reign. There was an old bus in the back and this is a cropped enhanced shot of one of its tail lights. Then we found a massive dump site for rusted metal. I asked the lady in the office if I could take pictures. She was grumpy, initially, and wanted to know what kind of pictures I intended to take. I told her I was an artist doing a series entitled "heavy equipment" and I was looking for rusty old broken down machinery. She told me, "Honey, you've come to the right place," and let me have at it. The next place was a recycle center. I came in the side entrance and started snapping away. A woman came running up to me and told me I couldn't take pictures. I explained again, and she said I would have to speak to the owner. Again, I explained to Bill, who told me I couldn't take pictures. When I asked him why, he said that I could be from the City and be looking for violations. I said, okay, no problem. I pointed to a wheelbarrow full of copper pipes and gauges and said that was cool. He said, Okay, take a picture of that. Then he said, wanna take a picture of that big pile of stuff? So, yeah, I did. We became fast friends discussing the problem of stolen metal being turned in to him for money, and how he required ID from anyone bringing in recycled materials. Oh, the places we went. . . lots of inspiration for additions to the "heavy equipment" series. Also learned that if you tell people you are an artist, they are interested (but think you might be weird.)

6 comments:

Artyfax said...

recycled art is good...... the work above is excellent, no need to feel there is any issue. Modern painters take found objects and create works of art, you have done no less - great piece.

It is a slant on cropping works that need a little altering to improve composition

John

Mary Buek said...

John, I'm afraid I didn't understand your second paragraph. . . you are definitely right, the picture is cropped, by the computer -- nothing permanent yet on the original piece. Welcome cropping suggestions. Thanks.

Martha Marshall said...

Mary, I constantly see places I'd like to stop and take pictures, but the most interesting ones would require a bodyguard. I too have a very busy husband to bribe.

I love your recycled pieces of tape as well. I can not bring myself to throw any of mine away. They just hang around everywhere in the studio and get re-used again and again. One of these days . . .

Mary Buek said...

Martha, I'm probably more cautious than I need to be when I go roaming around, but why risk it, right? Funny thing: A couple of times when I came back to the car after taking some pictures, Steve had locked the car doors. Big help he would have been in an emergency.

berto said...

OK. I love this construction Industry. Someday the construction maybe handled by robots. Thats what im thinking 100 years after. But for now we must live with selling this equipment. With the Komatsu and Caterpillar brand have made greate construction. Some of this Equipment is sold in komatpillar.com

Radnor said...

I too love this recycled art designs!! Great job!!