Synopses & Reviews
Tristan Manco reveals how artists of all kinds are bringing creativity to basic, often unglamorous materials--from broken bottles, old flip-flops, and skateboards to sustainable resources such as wood, straw, and paper. Through hundreds of illustrations, in-depth artist profiles, and detailed discussions of various materials, he showcases the work of more than thirty innovative and inspiring artists from around the world, from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile to the UK, Spain, France, and Italy.
Some of the artists have invented new techniques--American artist Rosemarie Fiore uses fireworks to create paintings--while others have pushed the envelope in the presentation of their work by creating fresh, dynamic forms of display. Whether it is Chilean artist Carlos Zuniga's creative use of text pages from found books and directories or Brazilian sculptor Henrique Oliveira's ambitious organic forms in salvaged plywood, the book highlights how imaginative approaches to media and technique encourage us to look at the world in new ways.
"This unusual, fascinating, and superb collection showcases a new group of artists 'redefining materials of art for the 21st century' using natural and recycled materials. An informative and richly illustrated introduction by street art expert Manco (Street Logos) opens this guide to 38 of the most imaginative international contemporary artists. Organized alphabetically, each artist's work is displayed in brilliantly shot and splendidly produced color photographs, accompanied by a brief but revealing description of the artist and his/her methods, materials, and subject matters. Ranging from AndrÃ©s Basurto's skulls created from glass bottles to Klaus Dauven's 'reverse graffiti,' where compositions are drawn onto buildings by selective cleaning, and Mia Pearlman's large-scale cut paper installations of natural forms and forces, Manco shows the diversity in material, approach, and relationship to form. Though all the artists and their works are intriguing, standouts include Rosemary Fiore's drawings created with ignited fireworks; Haroshi's sculptures made from used skateboards; Lucas SimÃµes's deconstructed and reconstructed portraits; and Carolos ZuÃ±iga's redaction-centered works concerned with political repression and personal self-censorship. This is an inspired and inspiring collection for the general reader interested in contemporary art, as well as artists and scholars specializing in 21st-century art. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The newest development in alternative art: the use of salvaged and repurposed materials by contemporary artists.
About the Author
Tristan Manco is a leading commentator on street art and the author of numerous books on the subject, including Street Sketchbook, the best-selling Stencil Graffiti, Street Logos and co-author of Graffiti Brasil.