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Mark Langan’s Corrugated Cardboard Sculpture
Posted By Moe Beitiks On October 11, 2008 @ 11:00 am In Art,Recycled Materials | 5 Comments
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.
Commissioned work for Mid-States Packaging in Lewiston, Ohio
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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 Chris Gilmour: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/24/recycled-cardboard-sculpture-by-chris-gilmour/
 Mark Langan: http://www.langanart.com/content.php?id=1
 Uncle Sam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Sam
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