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For 20 years, Drap-Art has showcased an international festival of recycled art at the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. This curated exhibition brings together hundreds of accomplished international artists from dozens of countries who reuse materials to create provocative and compelling multi-media artworks.
Drap-Art has also presented exhibitions on more than a dozen major cities across Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Just last year, Drap Art presented their North American premiere in Pittsburgh as the centerpiece of the inaugural Re:NEW Festival, with a major month-long exhibition of works by more than 60 international artists in Philip Johnson´s landmark Wintergarden at PPG Place in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Now Drap-Art returns to Pittsburgh, this time in the framework of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival from June 2 to 11, 2017, (Noon to 8:00pm daily), with a curated show of eight U.S.s artists working with waste materials and a series of "Art is Trash" street installations by Spanish artist Francisco de Pájaro. Made possible with additional support from the Spain Arts and Culture Foundation and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, this exhibition will be held at the Trust Arts Education Center's 3rd Floor Gallery at 805 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
This latest collaboration continues a creative dialogue that bridges between Pittsburgh´s artist and eco-communities with Drap-Art´s international artists. The exhibit features works from local artists Ron Copeland, Ryder Henry, Sarika Goulatia, Brenda Stumpf, Lorraine Vullo and Bill Miller (who has shown with Drap-Art in Barcelona, Uruguay, Sweden and Rome.) They will be joined by Chinese artist Gao Yansong, Olympia Washington artist Ruby Reusable, and Spanish street artist Francisco de Pájaro who´s signature "Art is Trash" series of guerrilla installations will pop-up on sidewalks and corners around Downtown Pittsburgh.
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Drap means “rag” in Catalonian and Drap-Art is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 in Barcelona, dedicated to the promotion of creative recycling through the organization of festivals, exhibitions, markets and workshops. Drap-Art began as a festival in 1996 with the Creative Recycling Marathon of Barcelona, which in its second edition, in 1997, received some 20,000 visitors. Drap-Art also helped export its concept to Andorra in 1997, Athens in 1998 and Berlin in 2000. Since 2011
Drap-Art has organized numerous similarly themed international group shows including exhibitions in Peking, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Israel, Uruguay, Argentina and Montenegro. For more info, go to www.drapart.org.
Drap-Art presents the works of artists who have chosen trash to be their material and/or conceptual resource. Drap-Art reflects an increasingly timely trend in visual art that has its origins in the movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, such as Arts and Crafts or Bauhaus that embraced efficient utilization of materials and consumption. Some were even proponents of a utopian a world without large concentrations of economic power in which human beings worked independently on a more human scale producing designer and hand crafted products, rather than flooding the planet with mass produced goods.
This utopian ideal is even more relevant today, in a world dominated by sprawling monopolies and multinationals, many with global spheres of influence that embrace an ethos of consumption, consumerism and disposability. The result has been a self-destructive cycle, depleting resources and filling the planet with endless waste that is reaching crisis proportions. In the era of Mad Max, post-punk and urban art, the artists connected to Drap-Art have updated this utopian ideal of the early modernists with a creative response eager to counter mega-monopolies. But on a planet drowning in debris, they often also feel compelled to take advantage of all these discarded resources.