Contemporary visual art, Environmental art, Private art instruction

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Bryan Northup  |   Oak Park, IL, USA   |   artistbryannorthup@gmail.com

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BRYAN NORTHUP

sculpture: diverted

reflections on rubble

Concrete, steel and glass are the essences of urban construction and our everyday built environment, readily torn down, crushed and discarded in a never-ending cycle of growth and “improvement”. This sculpture installation is influenced by Phase of Nothingness - Cut Stone, works by Japanese sculptor Nobuo Sekine, who died earlier this year [www.nobuosekine.com]. 

This version of the work is made up of approximately twenty component pieces that both hang and sit on the ground. The concrete remnants are saved instead of thrown away, reconfigured and gilded with space-age dichroic coated glass that changes colors with the viewer’s position and angle of light.  When sunlight hits the dichroic glass, concentrated beams of saturated, colored light travel over walls, surrounding objects and viewers. The work responds by throwing back the viewer’s own reflection and the realization that they are scrutinizing garbage and themselves simultaneously.

These works are further experiments in "bonsai scale" sculpture with recycled materials, glass being a signature component. These pieces attempt to blur the line between recycled and ancient, newly found and long forgotten. By incorporating a mix of media diverted from the land fill the works are time capsules recording a blip on the continuum of human awareness of the threat we pose to our planet.