artnet news | Caroline Goldstein and Sarbani Ghosh:
From car tires and duct tape to pencils and couscous, ordinary objects are both clay and canvas in the hands of these singular artists. Since the very first artists painted cave walls with mineral pigments and clay, humans have been making art with the humblest of materials. The practitioners highlighted here are the contemporary counterparts of those first artists, using the most ordinary and mundane matter to create artworks that often not only provide ravishing visual experiences, but also contain far-reaching ideas.
The almost magical transformation that occurs in the mass accumulation of these objects is part of a long tradition of artists as tricksters, employing optical sleights of hand. The materials chosen by these artists are all objects that serve a specific purpose that the artist abandons, choosing to elevate the mundane to the realm of fine art … read more
Image | ©Wim Delvoye | Untitled, from “Wim Delvoye au Louvre, 2012.