Artists have created art from found objects ever since Picasso’s collages. He worked for striking juxtapositions, deconstructing and reconstructing common images into the unreal. Surrealists produced unusual, bizarre and shocking assemblages of common things.

In recent years the Steampunk movement has produced curious constructs of odd mechanical devices as a homage to Victorian machinery.

Today artists working with found objects and repurposed materials are best compared to hackers, tearing apart consumer products to make crazy interactive installations.

Many millennial artists are deeply concerned with environmental and political issues. Much of their art makes strong statements using disturbing combinations of images in twisted metal and plastic.

One example is “Cracking Art”, the European movement to dramatize plastic pollution by creating giant temporary plastic artworks designed to inspire sensibility for recycling.

In my work I search for materials and objects that speak to me with the promise of sublime creations that will amaze, or tickle or surprise or give pause to think. I enjoy the mental game of taking consumer discards and making the mundane and common into the unique and spectacular. We live in a world in which almost everything is commodified – it is my challenge to repurpose consumer products into the unusual, diabolic, amazing and funny.

Ron Simmer   ron.v.simmer@gmail.com


Ever wonder what happened to that old trombone discarded long ago, or your mother's stash of buttons, or that pair of water skis stored at the cottage since 1962?

In the hands of an artist, recycled trash is transformed into new creations.

Stylistically diverse, these works incorporate reclaimed objects: an old book, bottle caps, a lobster float, propane cylinders, and a plethora of junk yard treasures.

ReVision promotes recycling through exhibitions and demonstrations of art made from or using recycled, salvaged, scrounged or found materials.