Recycling/upcycling / Robert Rauschenberg / October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008

I LOVED finding this photo and quote!

Blood Orange Summer Glut, 1987_Estate of the Rauschenberg_Dorothy Zeidman
Blood Orange Summer Glut, 1987_Estate of the Rauschenberg_Dorothy Zeidman

From the early days of his career, Rauschenberg exhibited a boundless enthusiasm for using all kinds of materials in which to make his art. He was extraordinarily fond of discovering objects that others had thrown away and finding new and often improved uses for them. In doing so, he reinvigorated these items and gave them new life. Rauschenberg himself often spoke of his special fondness for waste materials: “Well, I have sympathy for abandoned objects, so I always try to rescue them as much as I can .”

http://www.egodesign.ca/en/article.php?article_id=631

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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3 Responses to Recycling/upcycling / Robert Rauschenberg / October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008

  1. What a great quote and great purpose! Repurpose! I’m so into lately…my daughter said that’s how all hoarders begin.

  2. sbmacinnis says:

    One of my favorite artists!

  3. mobius faith says:

    My new favorite quote. Awesome.

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