Recycled Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap

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Showcases art made from found objects while exploring Americans' concepts of thrift and wastefulness and the materialistic orientations of Western society

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Whether it is a dustpan made out of a license plate, a bowl fashioned from a bent vinyl record, a pair of sandals with soles made of Goodyear tire treads, or a tin-can lantern, folk artists all over the world are turning trash into treasure. Their found and recycled materials are reincarnated to create clothing, jewelry, toys, artworks, and useful household objects, such as a measuring scale made of two sardine cans. Focusing on the folk art practices of several cultures, this book is a celebration of the transformative genius of these artists, as well as an exploration of the diverse environments--from Ecuador and Mexico to Senegal and the U.S.--in which they live and work.

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The saying "One person's trash is another person's treasure" is given new meaning in this lively survey of folk art made from all kinds of discarded industrial objects such as bottle caps, cans, machine parts, license plates, rubber sandals, and newspapers. Curator Cerny and folklorist Seriff examine this phenomenon on many levels, beginning close to home with an analysis of American concepts of thrift and wastefulness, our pride in ingenuity, and the gleeful rejection of the "fine" art world by "outsider" artists. As Cerny, Seriff, and their contributors broaden their scope and discuss examples of "recycled" art from around the world, they continue to analyze the "thingness" of Western society and the hubris of "planned obsolescence" and extravagant packaging. As we admire the ingenious creations documented here, which run the gamut from immense outdoor structures to jewelry, we salute the resourcefulness of individuals but hope for corporate, more ambitious forms of recycling in the near future. Donna Seaman

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