Junk Yard Art - antiques of the future?
A sculpture outside the Mechanical Engineering
Department of York University, England.
Lithuanian artist Severija Incirauskaite creates
interesting and unusual pieces by cross-stitching
on metal objects such watering cans and car doors.
A repurposed chandelier crystal
brings a bit of whimsy to this
Sometimes called Trash Art, Junk Art is comprised of 'found' ordiscarded objects which are incorporated into a sculpture or other
creation. The movement became popular in the 1990s but elements
of Junk Art can be traced back to the early 1900s.
Plier Dog by Rust About Creations
The Tin Man - I love it!
Lightnin' Salvage of Gainesville, Florida, is a junk lover's paradise.
Established in 1989, it started out as a salvage shop but over the
years has evolved into a bona fide museum of art created from junk.
Before AfterThe museum moved to its present location
in 2006 and has been growing ever since.
Philadelphia artist Leo Sewell has been creating junk art for over 50 years. As a child he liked the "excitement of tinkering" with junk he found during walks in the woods and at nearby dumps.
Sewell earned a B.A. in Business and a Masters in Art History at the University of Delaware where he wrote his thesis on The Use of Found Objects in Dada and Surrealism.
A prolific artist, Sewell has produced over 4,000 works of art and many have been exhibited at the American Visionary Art Museum, the Shonandai Cultural Center (Fujisawa, Japan), Museo de Sera International (Madrid, Spain), Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum, and the Chicago Children's Museum. Sewell is a member and co-founder of the artists group called the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers.
Junk in a museum? Huh, I'll believe that when . . . . . .
. . . . . never mind.