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An Artful Business

Harvard Magazine  an article in Harvard Magazine about Recession Art


One of Recession Art’s earliest artists, Ian Trask, reveals the inherent aesthetics of waste materials: cardboard boxes, wood chips, and old forks and spoons, which he once twisted into elegant chess pieces. The center offered Trask an artist-in-residence post, Katz reports, “which meant he had a room in the basement filled with many hundreds of rounds of belting materials, buckles, and adornments, all piled up all over the place.” His resulting sculptures, set in rectangular boxes or on recycled wood, transformed simple webbed belting into gracefully interconnected spools and lines of colors and swirling shapes suggestive of the gears and conveyer belts of early industrial-age machines. “Kids love his art because they recognize the urge to bend their silverware and play with colorful balls of yarn,” Katz says. “Collectors love it because it engages a trend toward DIY and recycling, but is also polished and perfectly framed for their homes”

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