PICS: Inhabitat’s Crazy, Colorful and Beautiful Eco-Art Picks From the Montreal Museum of Art
En Masse is a Montreal based group of artists that transform derelict spaces into collaborative murals. Using only black, grey and white, the artists involved are unified through color palette. En Masse has transformed vacant buildings into works of art across the country including Art Basel, in addition to an entire room at the museum, complete with bean bags to lounge upon and examine the work.
Folkert de Jong’s lifesize sculptures are made from found materials that are often not recyclable with traditional methods. The artist uses foam and Styrofoam along with other found materials, pieces together large scale horses, humans and allegorical figures.
Montreal artist Gilles Mihalcean’s eco-sculptures have been popular in Quebec since the 1970s. In the museum’s collection, his piece “Portrait of my Father” is a sculpture column made from found wooden furniture, like bed knobs and chair legs, which are assembled then further carved into shape.
Havana based duo, Los Carpinteros, use their woodworking skills to hone large scale objects. Their “Jewelry Box” comes complete with many workable drawers, but is in the shape of a grenade. The group is inspired by their upbringing in Cuba, and the tradition of woodworking.
The late artist Nam June Paik often worked with disused televisions. A member of the Neo-Dada movement, Fluxus, Pak’s sculpture collages fused the culture represented by TV with various shapes, like musical instruments or animals. His multimedia sculptures were often accompanied with music and performance.
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