Art is in the eye of the beholder, and three artists have taken a second look at what people throw away to create a new artwork and exhibition commenting on our disposable world.
A rubbish skip has been transformed in to the centrepiece of the Skipticism exhibition, and installed in the forecourt outside the Backspace gallery in Alfred Deakin Place.
Cast in concrete around the outside of the skip are items retrieved from skip bins including plastics, wood, metal, wire, toys, electronics, toiletries and more.
Local artists Scott Fredericks, Pete Gregg and Diokno Pasilan collaborated on Skip in Cast, showing that knowledge, vision and skill can make powerful art from what many people consider rubbish.
“The work juxtaposes the humble position of a rubbish container and people’s idea of waste and the unseen potential contained within to create evocative structures,” the trio wrote in their exhibition catalogue.
“Last year we constructed a sewing machine using discarded sewing machines on top of the skip bin, but this time we cast the bin with random found objects,” Mr Pasilan said.
Inside the gallery the three artists have their own works which further the notion of recycled art and materials.
Mr Fredericks is a photographer, artist and builder whose pictures in this series focus on last year’s large-scale sewing machine Skipticism sculpture.
Mr Gregg is a sculptor and ceramic artist who also happens to run a rubbish skip hire company, and whose daily work fuels his artwork as he explores the link between what we value and discard.
Mr Pasilan works in performance, visual art, sound and education with many of his works in Skipticism being screen printed.
“The key message is more focus on recycling and how we use things,” Mr Pasilan said.
“If you look at the skip you can’t see inside but it’s been cast with cement studded with recycled materials to focus on what people discard,” Mr Pasilan said.
Skipticism will be on show until November 19 .