Sadly I have just been informed that the event below has been cancelled, however see the links below to find out about Wasteland the inspiring documentary by Vik Muniz and the Living Furniture Project in their new showroom/cafe in 22-26 Farringdon Lane. Please see our feed on the right hand column of the blog for more info on upcoming events. I will also be posting more on the London Design Festival for the next two weeks.
VIK MUNIZ LOOKS DOWN AT MAGNA’S PHOTO AND PORTRAIT (SCREEN GRAB) Artwork courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio
Next Monday, 16 September, there will be a screening of the award winning documentary Wasteland, as part of London Design Week. The film surrounds a landfill in Rio, Brazil and the lives of those that live and work on the site, while artist Vik Muniz creates art using discarded objects he finds among the rubbish.
Michael Aaron Williams, a young American artist from Knoxville, Tennessee, has created art from discarded materials.
Found series 1 by Michael Aaron – on old railroad ties.
He uses the materials he has found as a canvas to create intense and almost disturbing portraits. The organic and decomposing state of the pieces adds to the raw visual effect while also showing the beautiful transformation the artist has achieved.
Found series 2 by Michael Aaron – on old rusty sheet metal
Michael Aaron seeks to save materials from their fate and repurpose them, making them into something that is valued and appreciated.
“These pieces are done on things that have been found on the side of the road, railroad tracks and in old barns. Basically it is about using something that would have deteriorated over time if left where it was and taking them into the studio and making something beautiful out of them.”
Found series 3 by Michael Aaron – sheet metal
He does not only experiment with different materials, but also different techniques in composing his work. The piece below has been created using a process of burning the wood rather than painting it.
Found series 4 by Michael Aaron – burnt onto old barn wood
Each portrait is simple yet captivating and very real, showing the artists ability to capture human emotion.
Found series 5 by Michael Aaron – this one is on an old wrecked up carhood
While it has become easier to travel in a more authentic and creative way thanks to the internet and sites like Airbnb and couch surfing, this also counts for the buildings that you can stay in. This iconic tin shed in the Sydney suburb of Redfern (which is available to book through Airbnb) was built with repurposed corrugated iron.
In Australia corrugated iron is perhaps a more common building material than in European countries. This house has combined modern architecture with the rusty metal to depict the industrial past of the Sydney suburb.
Australian architect Rafaello Rosselini, whose aim was to repurpose an old tin shed at the back of a residential lot, describes the original building and the renovation process:
“The shed in its current state was dilapidated and structurally unsound. The original tin shed was disassembled and set aside while a new timber frame was erected. The layers of corrugated iron accumulated over generations of repair were reassembled on three facades.”
The grooves in the large metal sheets create an unusual facade at the front of the building, while the varying shades of rust and old paint create a worn out look you would be more likely to find in a scrap yard.
Inside the spotless white walls and the sleek wooden floors, show that salvage does not need to result in a compromise in style or quality.
On Rosselini’s website it states that the “project embraces that it will continue to change with time through rust, decay and repair.”
Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz have repurposed old windows to create a beautiful framed glass wall as part of their house in a remote part of Western Virginia. Nick a photographer and Lilah a designer decided to quit their jobs in 2012 and went to build this idyllic cabin in the woods, overlooking rolling hills. The old window frames add structure and character to the building, allowing for light to be divided into multiple sections which subtly break up the glass.