What Do President Obama, Ornate Art Frames and a Drum Kit Have in Common? Cardboard

NEW YORK—During Armory Arts Week, using very different applications, artists the VOLTA and Scope arts shows made creative use of recycled cardboard.

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Carved cardboard art frames by Sebastian Mejia at Balzer Art Projects of Basel, Switzerland, during the VOLTA NY art show.

“Obama,” 2010 (paper, glass, metal, leather, wood) by Osaretin Ighile on view at Skoto Gallery during the VOLTA NY art show.

Alternative view of “Obama.”

See more coverage of Osaretin Ighile’s work on exhibit at VOLTA here.

Detail of “Obama.”

Life size “ludwig drumkit,” 2010 (cardboard and glue) by Chris Gilmour at Galleria Ghetta of Ortisei, Italy, with cardboard guitars in background, at the Scope New York art show.

In an interview on his website, Chris Gilmour explains why he uses cardboard in his work: “One of the reasons I use cardboard is because it’s so easy to find- we have an immediate access to these “re-cycled” materials in a way that could never be possible with bronze or marble. It is also free of the historical and cultural weight of those classical sculptural materials, and can offer new readings of the work.

“By using a material which everybody knows and understands, I can build on the pre-existing associations to develop ideas and ways of reading the work. It’s a way of creating a language which is understood by many.”

From left, Lifesize guitars: “hofner violin bass,” “gretsch country,” and “gent rickenbacker 325,” all 2010 (cardboard and glue).

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