An upcycled sculpture by Florida artist Cheri Kudja.
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UPCYCLE ART AT TROIKA GALLERY
October is the month Troika Gallery has chosen to present its own UPCYCLE SHOW of six artists’ work. The objects range from jewelry to sculpture to clocks. It’s all wonderful, fun and very interesting. Opening night is Friday, October 4th, 6 – 8 pm.
What’s “Upcycle Art” anyway? Many people associate upcycle/recycle art with the Amish quilt, where the reapplication of salvaged fabric is used to make beautiful blankets, or they associate it with folk art, and places such as Watts Towers in Los Angeles. Simon Rodia’s structures exemplify upcycling of scrap metal, pottery and broken glass on a grand scale; it consists of 17 structures, the tallest reaching over 30 meters into the Watts skyline.
Many of our local customers are acquainted with the exquisite lighting design made by Troika artist, Susan Icove. Her lighting is made from many funky found objects with the overall design so beautiful that at first glance one can’t see the cast of characters assembled to create her lamps and candle holders.
Upcycling has seen an increase in use due to its current marketability and the lowered cost of reused materials. For example, the number of products on Etsy tagged with the word “upcycled” increased from about 7,900 in January 2010 to nearly 30,000 a year later—an increase of 280%. As of April 2013, that number stood at 263,685, an additional increase of 779%.
This month see the work of six upcycle artist at Troika. Cheri Kudja from Florida brings us “Bitti Bots”. These are tiny sculptural robots. Nancy Kingsbury, from Illinois fabricates jewelry made from many found objects. Her work was featured in Green Craft Magazine in 2010. Nancy Sophoronis-Sims from Alabama makes whimsical figurative sculpture. Allen Young from Virginia will be showing clocks. They are made from varied objects such as, recycled bike crank gears, movie reels, a turntable or a Kodak Brownie camera. Tripp Gregson from North Carolina will feature a fusion of industrial and biological shapes. His subject matter is aquatic nature and functional pieces made of metal signs. Last, we will show new work by one of the Troika staples, Richard Radman, who makes sculpture out of all manner of refuse, especially old farm equipment, which becomes wonderful dogs, birds and other odd creatures. All of these artists work is quite unusual. We are honored to be able to share such a wealth of ideas and creativity to our community.
Please join us for a great show. We are located in downtown Floyd, across the street from the Floyd Country Store. For more information and images of the art visit our web site www.troikacontemporarycrafts.com.