Gallery: PHOTOS: Artists Transform Trash Into Eco-Art at NYC Exhibit

"Gargantua" by Al Wadzinski in TRASH at NY Studio Gallery
 
One of his most striking pieces is “Gargantua,” a nearly 6-foot tall gorilla head. A dog igloo forms the top of its head; tire halves give it a furrowed brow; and plastic chair seats serve as ears.

"Glacier" by Kim Holleman in TRASH at NY Studio Gallery

Curator Zeina Assaf wanted to create a show that found beauty in unexpected places while expressing the ideas of reuse and recycling. Though different organizations are addressing these issues that are growing more important, I wanted to explore how artists interpreted this successfully in fine art,” says Assaf. “As people are talking about these topics I felt that the work would be accessible and resonate with viewers.”

Adler A.F. performed her piece “Trash Queen” on the opening night, and four other artists made work to be exhibited in the gallery. Kim Holleman and Al Wadzinski created sculptures from materials that were destined for a landfill.

Holleman, who is known for advancing an environmental message through her artwork, stitched together scraps to make sculptures of natural forms, like mountains, clouds, and bird nests – essentially creating an environment out of the very objects that threaten it.

For “Glacier,” she stitched together white packing material to form a glacier-like sculpture. The jagged edges of the material make the sculpture look like a sharp piece of ice. A manufacturing company originally used the flat pieces of foam. The company punched circles out of the material, and then sent the scraps to a shipping company. Holleman then had something shipped to her using the excess material as packaging material.

“This sculpture is technically the third use of this material,” says Holleman. “That makes me really happy to be able to reuse something so many times.”

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