Sunday, 24 February 2008

Change the World for a Fiver: We Are What We Do

Eco-minded street artist Edina Tokodi is putting a new spin on green guerilla tactics in the trendy art enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tokodi’s site-specific moss installations of prancing animal figures and camouflage outgrowths are the talk of a local urban neighborhood typically accustomed to gallery hype and commercial real estate take-overs. Unlike the market-driven art featured in sterile, white box galleries, the work of Tokodi is meant to be touched, felt, and in turn touch you in the playful ways that her animated installations call to mind a more familiar, environmentally friendly state in the barren patches of urban existence.

Tokodi believes strongly that the reactions of passersby (or the lack of any reaction at all) is really an indicator of a deeper malaise that we need to pay attention to and reseed with “mentally healthy garden states” and direct interactive engagement.

British-born sculptor Tony Cragg uses color families and a carefully curated collection of flotsam and jetsam in his large-scale installations. Born in Liverpool, Cragg has an amazing collection of pieces made from found materials from household trash to construction refuse. We love the impressionistic charm of his pieces- gorgeous and graphic from far away, intricate and detailed from up close.

From afar, Cragg’s installations take the shape of graphic forms, even one as a British flag. But up close and personal, the colorful shapes are made from things like toothbrushes and metal washers, all painted to create a stunning and colorful piece. His other sculptures include wood furniture, all of which are reclaimed

Recycling Sculpture by Tony Cragg

Cell structure – DIY after Victor Papenek (2006)
Cable, RGB lamp, recycled plastic cups.
50 x 50 x 50 cm. © Bob Goedewaagen