collage on cardboard panel
gregory a. milinovich
i have always marveled at the beauty of the simple things, especially the beauty of the things we take for granted. i could talk at length, for example, about the colors of the dunkin' donuts logo. anyway, this has led me to some serious questions about trash or waste and art. can something that is essentially garbage be considered art when juxtaposed in a different way, or even on its own? what would make it so or not? further, in a world where garbage threatens to overwhelm us (computers, cars, nuclear waste, etc.), what does it mean to look at our waste in a different way? i guess i don't have the answers to these questions, but my own journey is to examine them.
in this context, a few years ago i had the idea to watch for garbage and collect it. so each day for a week i kept my eyes open for garbage wherever i was. i collected it and at the end of the day made a little collage from it. and so i have a series of 7 collages that i thought i would share with you this week for your consideration. i would love if we could discuss this issue a little deeper, especially if any of you are particularly interested in this. trash, art, or both? to get the discussion going, let me pose this scanario:
if i were to simply glue a snickers wrapper to a canvas, would that be art? i realize that for many, everything in them rejects this as art because "anyone can do that." so, is that a qualification for art? does it have to be something that not just anyone could do? or, is a better qualification that someone does do it? what can our trash and rubbage and waste possibly have to say to us?