Gallery: Mark Langan’s Corrugated Cardboard Sculpture

 

We’ve seen the intricate cars, engines, bicycles and other machinations of civilization created out of cardboard by artist Chris Gilmour: bafflingly accurate and detailed for the imprecise medium. Artist Mark Langan, in contrast, creates sculptural works that are inspired by the form of cardboard itself, celebrating its grooves and textures. This work demands a kind of respect and awe for its material, which the artist collects from his own neighborhood.

Langan dos not use any computer rendering to visualize a project: he sketches it the old-fashioned way, by drawing it out on a piece of paper. Each piece is built through a process of cutting, layering, and sealing with a non-toxic glue. For a more sculptural texture, the artist will run his cardboard through a paper-shredder and make it into a putty with glue and water.

A completely self-taught artist, Langan dedicated himself full-time to his corrugated masterpieces after being laid off from an office job. Some of the pieces are more overt proponents of the green lifestyle than others: one pieces says “Waste: it’s what haste makes” while in another, Uncle Sam declares “I want YOU to recycle” (above). Most of the works, however, are elegantly trimmed celebrations of a cast-off material. It’s the grown-up version of playing with cardboard boxes.

+ Mark Langan

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  1. terry summers June 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Mark
    I did not realise that other people are using waste cardboard for sculpture.
    I have been using it for ten years now,.keep up the good work.
    http://www.terrysummers.com
    terryjack@aapt.net.au

    Cheers

    Terry
    Brisbane
    Australia

  2. marcycox October 15, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    We have a piece of Mr. langans art work in our lobby! We recieve comments daily on what a unique and beautiful piece it is!

  3. Moe Beitiks Moe Beitiks October 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    above link is fixed. :)

  4. musser October 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    beautifully fabricated.
    inspiringly conceived.

  5. rlinsurf October 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Your link for “Chris Gilmour:” above reads as: “http://http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/24/recycled-cardboard-sculpture-by-chris-gilmour/”. This, of course, returns an error.

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