We are Ephemeraologists. We love the look, the feel, the smell and the history behind old paper and trinkets. Surrounding ourselves with this "stuff" makes us happy.
I love that this blog appeals to collectors, historians and artists. Ephemera has a wide appeal, but today I'm going to narrow the topic to art - namely, art made from ephemera.
I've done posts about ephemera artists before (here, here and here) and I will continue to share ephemera artists with you, because I feel it's important to show how ephemera can be used this way. I love how each of these artists have a completely different take on how to express themselves using ephemera. A piece that I've done won't look at all like anyone else's work - our "paintbrush" is everyday scraps, much like a painter uses oils or acrylics or a sculptor uses clay.
|Andy Burgess, "Milwaukee: Where Particular People Meet"|
Vintage Ephemera collage and acrylic paint on panel, 10 X 20"
Which brings me to our first artist - Andy Burgess. My friend Amy sent me a link to an exhibit of his that's currently showing at the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, and I got that "groupie" feeling. Whenever I
find an artist whose work I adore (like Randel Plowman, Kim Printz, Valerie Roybal, Bill Zindel, Sarah Bridgeland, Sherry Thurner, etc.) I get so inspired to try new things with my own art work. It revives my interest in my medium all over again! I love how Andy uses old matchbooks, postcards and advertising to make a city scape. The show runs through February 3 and I will be in Milwaukee before then, so I WILL go see this. I'm so excited!
|Ghost of a Dream, "Dream Home" (2009), installation|
$70,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets, found objects
This next artist won't be so easy to see in a gallery setting - I believe it's either in Copenhagen or Switzerland (hard to tell from their info page). The collective called Ghost of a Dream, which is currently represented by the Davidson Contemporary in New York, created this unbelievable installation called "Dream Home" with $70,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets. If you go to their site, you can see close-up shots of this incredible exhibit. This kind of work makes me wonder what it is I do all day - can you imagine how long this took to create? It's no surprise that a collective made this - if one person did it, it could take YEARS!
These are just two examples of art made from everyday life. If you wondered why I adore ephemera and use it in my artwork, these piece may just give you a glimpse into my psyche. I hope they inspire you, my dear readers, to examine your own collection and appreciate just how beautiful it is, even when it's not being repurposed to hang on someone's wall. :)