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Recycle Bin…or Upcycle Bust?

1New York, NY – Volta Art Fair, March 2013

In another creative version of artistic upcycling, artist Long-Bin Chen represented by Frederieke Taylor Gallery at Armory Show offshoot fair Volta NY had on display a group of impressive larger than life human busts carved from old books and periodicals.  In this show he presented some Renaissance era art masters in carved paper form, including DaVinci &  Michelangelo (tough luck for the other ninja turtles).

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I was wondering if there was any correlation between the person sculpted and the materials used to sculpt them.  The artist wasn’t there but I talked to the women minding the booth.  One told me that the one I was looking at was made with travel magazines.

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This was disappointing.  Maybe if it was a sculpture of Lewis & Clark, Marco Polo, or Magellian that would make sense, but a renaissance painter could have been made out of something more relevant, or at least something contrary to the person being sculpted.

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Darwin out of bibles for example.  I have a problem with always trying to improve the concept on conceptual art.  Beyond drawing &  painting, in me beats a heart of a conceptualist.

345These are pretty cool sculptures though I must say, most busts don’t look this interesting from behind.

Written & Photographed by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

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