These “invisible” people are defined as those who “reclaim reusable and recyclable materials from what others have cast aside as waste”(wiego.com). They provide informal non-paid services to communities all over the globe. They often work on speculation. If they are lucky, they might solely rule an area to pick and even have a buyer lined up for the end product of their work.
They are like artists. They make a commodity out of nothing. They sort. They find “like” things. They create alliances with objects or shapes which state something new. And waste never ends.
Anything looks significant when presented in great numbers.
A “style” can refer to what waste one chooses to elevate. Elevating all waste would be wandering into the category of hoarding, and hoarding is not stylish. A site of hoarding is like a visit to the inside of a mind. Like a Susan Sontag work of literature.
Went to an exhibit of Picasso print work yesterday. If you know his painting, ” Three Musicians” (MOMA), I can tell you that there are numbers of smaller prints made in that vein by him, for a gallery who hired a professional printer to print these largely three and four color works. Picasso did what he did best, create and design, and the print makers did what they did best, register the different layers and deal with printed surfaces.
The following are four from yesterday.
Looked that these, thought about the process of layering, and realized this is exactly what I need to be addressing in my newest sculpture. Looking at art often solves problems: a good lesson for wherever you are stuck.
Above is my informal non-paid service to communities all over the globe, created in speculation of a market!
- Victory for waste pickers (politicadechatarra.wordpress.com)