We often hear one man's trash is another man's treasure. With Charles Spurrier's eye-catching canvases, tiny pieces of recycled material are worked, painted, and pieced together into seamless designs that resemble anything but their original form. New York-based Spurrier collects almost any material imaginable for his artworks, including laundry detergent bottle caps, packing tape, milk crates, and plastic shelving. He cuts and shapes the found materials, then stacks them to create hypnotic patterns that resemble intricate quilts or tapestries that jump off the wall.
A canvas surface is usually off limits for viewers to ever touch, leaving the artist’s process a mystery. The tactile nature of Spurrier’s works brings art to a more engaging level, encouraging discovery and concentration of the materials used. He even occasionally creates sculptures with glowing lights to bring attention to the aesthetic value of these otherwise discarded pieces of plastic.
These canvases are multi dimensional not only in form but also in function. Spurrier’s mission rescues objects from landfills but also from their ordinary, every day jobs. His swirling or striped patterned pieces breathe new and exciting life into a milk crate or plastic cup that will never be viewed the same way again, all while helping the environment.
images courtesy of Margaret Thatcher Projects