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“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through the darkness to a safe and sane future.”

-John F. Kennedy

This week’s theme, sustainability, is our attempt to capture a burgeoning art movement that is producing diverse and, frequently, avant garde collections. Simply put, we could never cover the array of sustainable art in a week so we’re going to give you a glimpse, but it will be up to you to search farther (or just wait until we post about it again). 

Garbage art is one method by which to approach sustainability via art. Artists such as Tim Noble and Sue Webster, featured above, have seized the time honored adage that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and, with their “treasure”, created poignent installations. The English duo relies heavily on experimentation and use projected light in their final presentations. Fundamentally, garbage art is a way for artists to comment on a society who’s principal output is trash. 

Sustainability, as an art movement, is designed to acknowledge our global issue with waste. Or maybe you call it trash. Or rubbish, garbage, junk. No matter the terminology. We have built a culture where the majority is hidden from their output. What’s more, society’s input to my lives of the majority is nearly unlimited. There are no ramifications if I take more than I deserve; there are no ramifications if I waste more than I should. In the next week, we will be exploring such issues of sustainability as we venture into the world of sustainable art.

For more art by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, check out their website: http://bit.ly/sPjMeL, but, be warned, their site is fairly graphic in both language and content. The art, however, is anything but trash.

-g

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