Monday, December 2, 2013


  • Gallery: Portland Art Museum
  • 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 975205
  • The Exhibition is run by Dillon, Domenick, Jennifer, Jessica, Kimberly, Sean and Maricel
  • We show mostly sculptural work made from recycled materials

Exhibit intro

  • One man's trash is another man's trash
  • The Artists showing in the Exhibit
          Frank Russell
          Heather Jansch

          Ji Yong Ho

          John T. Unger

          Papa pata pata

          Robert Bradford

          Sayaka Ganz

          Sean Avery

          Shelly Hedges

          Yuken Teruya
  • This show is about recycling. We picked recycling because of its contemporary significance in relation to population growth and the growth of resources need to support not only the human race, but all of the creatures that we share the planet with. We specifically picked artists who's work would not only use recycled materials, but also depicts things (animals,plants and the like) that naturally occur on our planet.

Captain Crunch

Captain Crunch  by Frank Russell
Captain Crunch 
 10 feet long , 4 feet tall, and 4 feet wide.01/2010
This shark is made up of a variety recycled objects. The tail is made from a human mannequin, the teeth a made from soup cans, the fins are made out of copper, his eyes are made from yoyo's. The rest that is put together is made from metal hubcaps, candy tin, popcorn tin, coffee tin, 2 sheet music stands, and a salad colander.
About Frank Russel
Frank Russel went to school at University of South Carolina. He was mostly self taught in his expertise of artwork. He is now living in North Carolina with his wife Pamela and 2 sons. He was a painter, sculptor, and a designer for 30 years in broadcast television. He has been a studio artist for 15 years.
So why Recycled art? Russel's statement: "I see all life as a collage of found objects: experiences, ideas, desires, acquired skills. Are not all relationships: significant, personal, casual or professional, whatever, simply “found” or discovered as we move through this world ? Are they not transformed by our decisions to collect or contemplate or care for them ? I feel that nothing is wasted in awakened love’s economy" Russel believes that nothing should be wasted in this economy and that there is life in all found objects and relationships can be made from a piece of trash into something beautiful.

This art piece is connected to the theme of the show because our theme is recycled art and this beautiful piece is made up of a variety of collected objects that Russel has found. I chose this artwork because I agree with Russel's statement about how there is life in the objects that he has found, and he was able to capture this statement by creating a sculptor of a shark that is life in our underwater world.




   Apollo, 2009     Dimension:Life-size     Materials:driftwood 

Artist: Heather Jansch
Born in Essex, England in 1948 (currently 65 years old)

Walthamstow and Goldsmiths College, London 1967

From the beginning my twin passions were drawing and horses, my hero was Leonardo da Vinci, and my dreams were of becoming an artist living in a wooded valley with clear flowing water at my door and horses grazing all around.

I chose Heather Jansch and her work because it beautifully depicts art in such a raw form using materials from the earth. She very thoughtfully places the driftwood and shapes these graceful equin life-size sculptures to portray them in their natural setting.

Water Buffalo

Water Buffalo Head 1, 2007    Dimensions:142x145x94 cm    Materials:tire steel, wood, styrofoam

Artist: Ji Yong Ho
Born in Korea in 1978 (currently 35 years old)

B.F.A Sculture, Honk-ik Universtiy, Seoul

An interview with Jessie Torrisi by Theme Magazine helps shed some light on Ji.

To Ji, rubber symbolizes mutation. "The product is from nature," from the white sap of latex trees. "But here it's changed. The color is black. The look is scary." He tried experimenting with clay and bronze, but the sculptures looked too much like robots. "Rubber is very flexible, like skin, like muscles," he explains.

I chose this artist and his work for the show because I thought it fit perfectly not only is he depicting creatures from our planet but he is using man made materials that are re-recycled. And in a sense to me it seems he has created this cyclical irony, rubber from trees, rubber turned into tires, tires turned in to an animals (sculpture).


by Robert Bradford    
This Rhino is all made out of mixed discarded toys.  The size of the Rhino is 220 x 120 x 90cms
About: Robert Bradford

Bradford was born in London. Even though he studied painting at Ravensbourne College of Art and film making at the Royal College of Art he was known for being a sculptor creating large sculptures made out of recycled toys. How Bradford got started was creating sculptors out of toys that he saved when he was a little boy.
Artist's Statement:
"I see myself bit like a mad scientist trying to create life bring things to life." Robert Bradford

This art piece is connected to the theme of the show because our theme is recycled art and this playful piece is made up of a mixture toys that Bradford has found. I chose this artwork because I admire his creativity and uniqueness of sculptors made out of toys and how he uses all sorts of toys such as old and new toys. I also liked his statement because he feels like he can create life through his work and as for this picture he recreated an animal that is recognizable to us by using random toys that he finds.



Emergence, 2008. Two pieces installation: Night, Reclaimed black and clear plastic objects, 72″ x 50″ x 17″; Wind, Reclaimed white and clear plastic objects, 63″ x 78″ x 26″.

     In her creation, Emergence, Sayaka Ganz depicts two horses and the motions of both their hair and bodies as they delicately gallop through the wall.

About Sayaka Ganz:

    Sayaka Ganz spent her childhood in Japan where her Shinto beliefs (all objects and organisms have spirits) were branded into her, and then projected those beliefs through her "reclaimed creations." She only selects materials that have been used and discarded in a goal to transcend the life of the used materials into the animals or the organic forms she creates out of them.
Her process of creating her pieces entails her attaching plastic materials to a skeletal structure she creates before-hand. Through her sculptures, she attempts to transmit a message of hope:

                                        "If we value our resources, we will waste less."



      I chose Sayaka Ganz due to how awe-inspiring she captures the natural motion of the animals (esp. the birds and horses) she creates. Her process of creating her pieces also amazed me due to how time consuming it is and accurate she is at depicting natural movement.