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Raw + Material = Art

Found, Scavenged and Upcycled

Tristan Manco


Showcases the work of 38 truly innovative artists who use low-cost and low-tech material

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The new millennium has brought to the forefront a new generation of artists who use low-cost, low-tech media and often original techniques to produce work that defies categorization and pushes the boundaries of art itself. Some repurpose utilitarian or scrap materials such as flip-flops, broken bottles and skateboards. Others use established media such as paper, stone, concrete and steel, or are drawn to traditional craft techniques to make art that is tangible, tactile and highly skilled.

The ingeniously crafted and thought-provoking results showcased in this book range across a broad spectrum, from intimate paper collages to large public sculptures constructed from discarded wood.

Some of the artists have invented new techniques, while others have broken new ground in the presentation of their work, creating fresh, dynamic forms of display. Despite the diversity of the artists' methods and ideologies, their work shares an underlying current: it uses resources that would otherwise be wasted, reflecting contemporary concerns about the environment. Through their imaginative approaches to medium, method and technique, these artists are producing work that is ingenious, inquiring and conscious of its relationship to the natural world, and in the process redefining the materials of art for the 21st century.

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'The work by the 38 artists featured here demands attention and warrants a closer look'
Creative Review

'Manco plays an effective role as curator and author ... a comprehensive and understandable introduction'
SID Magazine

'Bright and weighty'
Time Out

'Intelligent ... dives head first into the discovery of artists working methods ... This book is essential. Not only is it informative, but it's inspirational'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 34.0 x 23.8 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 23 April 2012

ISBN: 9780500289914

Contents List

Introduction • Artists’ Profiles (A–Z)

About the Author

Tristan Manco is a graphic designer based in Hove, England, and pioneering author of books on the graffiti and the international street art scenes. He has published multiple books with Thames and Hudson, including Street Logos, Graffiti Brasil, Street Sketchbook: Journeys, Big Art / Small Art and Make Your Mark.