Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chris Gilmour - One Man's Trash....

Hi everyone,

It has been awhile! Today's entry is about a young English sculpture named, Chris Gilmour who takes recycling to a whole new level.

Each of the objects pictured below is made of cardboard.

British artist, Chris Gilmour, chooses images and objects that evoke memories and emotions to create his intricately folded and glued cardboard sculptures. He chooses cardboard that “isn’t too clean” because he wants viewers to see what the material really is. Early in his career, he used only new cardboard and people would often think it was the real object that had simply been covered with paper or cardboard and painted.

The only materials he uses are cardboard, glue and an Exact-o knife or scissors.

Chris’ penchant for using recycled cardboard comes from a desire to take control of the waste and objects that surround human beings on a daily basis. He enjoys the immediate accessibility of cardboard and is attracted to his historical void that is associated with sculptures that are made from traditional materials. He says that he does notice packaging when he makes a purchase and attempts not to leave too large a big carbon footprint.

He is influenced by the work of sculptor, Anish Kapoor, Tom Friedman and Andy Goldsworthy who share similar views about the environment.

Chris views his wheelchair piece as his most important because of the ways in which the viewer interacts with it and brings its own story into the piece.

The artist feels that consumerism has shaped even our personalities in ways that cause us to buy things in order to shape our identities. His work is in protestation of that observation.

Chris Gilmore is currently working on a new show that features a life sized Aston Martin automobile. He strives for accuracy even in the interiors of his works that the viewers cannot see. Each detail of the Aston Martin, down to the last spark plug is being recreated.

Stacy Alexander