Gallery: Artist Sinisa Kukec Transforms Trash Into Treasure

Miami’s Sinisa Kukec is an inspired artist, creating captivating installations and sculptures constructed mostly from trash and found objects. Initially trained as a potter, Kukec gave up the craft to practice fine art - he moved into a bare bones Miami warehouse, and with a tight budget, he managed to both live and begin making sculptures from refuse. Large and ominous, his stunning pieces emerge from all corners of the spaces they occupy, taking on discernable and indiscernible forms that embody critical views of the world today.

Kukec gleans these materials from everywhere from the trash to sourcing from friends.  In fact, he bought many of the frames used in his latest exhibition from a drug addict, and was gifted a desk from artist friend Daniel Newman. This piece became “Danish Modern….Where is Newman?” in which he chopped up the drawers into  triangular shapes before piecing them back together to form an almost spillage of wood.

His amorphous sculptures criticize the art world while successfully defining themselves from their recycled components. Used wooden desks are split in two and forced back together at awkward angles and painted.  Vintage frames surround laser lights shone through a found two-way mirror. Parking garage safety mirrors are arranged together as if peering down at epoxy coated Styrofoam balls below. Packing materials are fused with paint and epoxy and set upon an old desk chair, creating a crouching creature which looks to be made of expensive materials.

His transformative abilities are beyond impressive, as each piece disassociates itself from its salvaged parts and together they take on a meaning of their own.

Kukec is part of the collective 3PQ, who also works with trash and recycled materials. The group stages performance pieces around sculptures which have been constructed from found objects, then wrapped in black plastic- resulting in a sort of monster blob meets body bag effect. Kukec’s latest exhibition, “And Yet Another Wayward Landscape,” draws on a dark subconscious world  which “encourages conscious critical dialogue. The exhibition, at Florida’s Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, has had a four-month run, and closes on January 9, 2011.

Photos © Sinisa Kukec


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