Monday, April 11, 2011

Trash Replication

One interesting thing to note was that most all of the trash replication pieces were packages of consumable items. All of the pieces shared a circular history and show the theme of how trash is art. All of the pieces of trash had some sort of graphic design element to them. The graphic design element is a very artistic component which is meant to draw consumers to the product. Once the product is used, it becomes a piece of trash and the artistic element of the graphic design is lost. In replicating the trash, the focus was brought back to the artistic elements. Something interesting to look at is how, once the replication is put next to the original piece of trash, the original piece of trash seems to be more beautiful or aesthetically pleasing than it was before.
The pieces seem to work better as a whole rather than on an individual level. Because these themes can be applied to any piece, the theme is stronger, when there are many pieces portraying the same thing.
I really liked the piece that I chose to replicate because it had so much color on it. But if I were to replicate anything, it might be interesting to replicate something that exists naturally such as a leaf or a rock. It would be fun to play with the idea of hand making a natural object.
I liked the way the trash replication pieces were presented. It was simple, clean and played with the idea of trash as art. It presented the question of would you want to hang this in your house? At what point does it become art you would want to hang in your house? Is it still trash? Would you want to hang trash in your house? Personally, I wouldn't want this hanging in my house. As interesting and cool as it may be, I don't think I'd want it on the wall of my living room.

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