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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Art From Trash, Far from Trashy

I have been visiting the Art From Trash exhibition at Salamanca Long Gallery in Hobart. I quote from their site:

Art From Trash is an annual community event that encourages the reuse of discarded materials in the production of visual art. The exhibition is open to all ages and is a great opportunity for many first time and emerging artists. Art From Trash is instrumental in promoting creative reuse, and, while the exhibition is a lot of fun, there is an underlying message to use the earth’s resources wisely and to minimize the inappropriate disposal of limited resources.

You can view the winners here http://tinyurl.com/2bt238r and learn more about the exhibition here www.artfromtrash.org/.

Closes Monday 2nd August., so rush down to the Salamanca Long Gallery if you can.

The exhibition blows me away with the inventiveness, diversity and wit of the art works, created by everyone from school children to grandparents, professional and non-professional artists and craftworkers.

Without slighting the other artists, here are some of my personal favourites.

First, through the door “Are we Dancer” by Terry Byrne (Sorry about the relatively poor quality of the photograph), a seemingly simple piece that re-pays slow looking as you engage in the interplay of text and image and track from left to right across the piece.


Right beside this piece, two scarecrows by the Lenah Valley Primary school, to delight the eye, intrigue with their ingenuity and raise a smile. Enjoy looking, because you cannot have these scarecrows at any price. They are destined for the school ground to replace the wooden scarecrows torched by mindless vandals.























Or perhaps you might prefer something a bit more flamboyant and theatrical? Then check out Ian Hawkin’s work, a baroque assemblage inspired by Medieval and Renaissance examples. You can explore his work on his website http://www.artianrecycled-bagdad.com/

Oh, there’s so much more. Ali Frost’s intricate and intimate pieces


and Heather Blaikie’s witty pieces. Here is someone I relate strongly to (The Insomniac)

Quite clearly my preference (or should that be prejudice) for assemblage work is showing through, since this is the type of work I do (and yes, I confess, I have some work in the show).
So I should also mention that there is a much greater variety of objects (e.g. handbags from recycled materials by Sonja Cook, a garden bench from salvaged steel by Simon Parkhurst).

And finally, for me, the piece de resistance. (drum roll, please)…the winner of the Trash Rat Youth Art Award, the Taroona Primary School students with a display of mini robots constructed from discarded metal parts. Funny, inventive, witty, a sheer delight…as Picasso said,


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

1 comment:

  1. You're right, the Taroona public sculptures were terrific. I had a good laugh at the 'homeless man'.

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