After the reuse of Duchamp’s urinal or Picasso’s scrap paper collage, Will Recycling Art continue to stand in the historical context of this era?
In the 21st century, groups of developing countries such as China, India, Vietnam and more contribute significantly to environmental pollution. However, the premise of this situation originated about 200 years ago in Europe and America when huge industrial emissions were blasted out into the atmosphere. Therefore, the problem of environmental pollution or climate change is what all mankind is suffering together and trying to fix. Also from this historical context, the DADA movement was born. Thanks to this movement, Recycling Art gradually affirmed its place in art history. Artists are more creative and the public is more openly embracing, the concept of art moves into a new page full of ideas.
Recycled art has existed for thousands of years by Chinese artisans, in ancient Japanese book illustrations that exist as a human need to express thoughts and feelings through the integration of images. However, it only becomes dramatic and has a more complete concept starting in the 20th century with the contributions of two great artists: Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.
Isa Genzken – a German sculptor who can be considered a female artist has contributed to the re-definition of modern sculpture in recent years. One of the works that gave the impression to Isa Genzken is the sculpture that imitates the bust of Nefertiti, arranging the same photographs of the Mona Lisa. She wears every statue of Nefertiti (mass produced) sunglasses and a leather belt, an indispensable accessory for every European woman for centuries. The work raises questions for us about the definition of women’s beauty and their position in art history.
It will be a major omission if not mentioning John Chamberlain. He was the one who successfully adapted the abstract school manifested in painting into a three-dimensional work in sculpture. His style can easily be seen through recycled works from old cars, painted them and given them a life and a whole new meaning. After World War II, cars were a monument to America’s respectable heavy industry development as well as a symbol of wealth for American citizens. Frenzy consumer culture is cleverly revealed through these recycling works. By recreating historical ideas about a period of consumption that John has been known forever.