The Found Series by Michael Aaron: making art from discarded materials

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.

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

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

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

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

Found series 5 by Michael Aaron – this one is on an old wrecked up carhood

Street Art Cartagena

Colombia is a very colourful country – in every sense of the word – and this is reflected in the street art that decorates the walls of many inner city buildings. This painting was on an old door in a small square in Cartagena’s old town, a few minutes walk from the walled city. The bright colours and strong defining lines make this image all the more powerful.

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Photo courtesy of Natasha Mellersh

 

Kelly Swallow vs Banksy

Kelly Swallow, who is best knows for her colourful patchwork chairs and beautiful upholstered furniture, has taken some inspiration from one of the UK’s best loved artists…the unknown Banksy. For those of you who came across his street art you will probably recognise the image at the centre of this design. This chair’s simple soft colours, make it very versatile and perfect for a cosy stylish home.

Kelly Swallow's Banksy chair

Kelly Swallow’s Banksy chair. Photo courtesy of Kelly Swallow.

Islington has it’s fair share of Banksy treasures, decorating the walls a number of buildings on Essex road. Who would have thought that street art and upholstered furniture would be so compatible.

Raindrops Take Flight: Perfect Symmetry and Kinetic Sculptures

This is a beautiful art installation I saw in Terminal 1 at Changi Aiport in Singapore. Although it has very little to do with recycling, I thought I would include it on the blog because of it’s sheer beauty and the way it links art and technology.

“Kinetic Rain” consists of two symmetrical elements composed of 608 individual drops made of lightweight aluminium covered with copper. Each drop is connected with a very thin steel rope to a computer-controlled motor moving it precisely up and down.

The sculpture was designed by ART+COM a Berlin based non-profit organisation which aims to explore the new mediums applied possibilities in the fields of art, design, science and technology. The installation is situated above the escalators, so it can be seen from underneath, above and from numerous different angles. This offers various different perspectives and visual experiences for the passengers passing through the terminal.