Pollution Art

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The urban landscape is a reflection of the people who live there; I intend to portray it at its best advantage. 

My goal is to compel the spectator into reconceiving the common concept of beauty. The contrast between the artistic technique and the unsightliness or social insensitivity of the subject is intended to foster critical thinking. In turn this allows us to distance ourselves from the standards of beauty dictated by society. 

« Art Pollution » consists of permanently affixing the pollution produced by human activity onto canvas; exhaust fumes, engine oil residue from our vehicles, waste left on roads, as well as organic and random pollutants, like rain, inclement weather and any damage over which we have no control.

The process: The canvases are covered with floor coatings; the markings are then coated with road-marking materials using the same stencils used to mark our highways. Using the same stencils, the same scale, the same coatings applied by the same workers, the canvases are converted into a reflection of the bitumen lump we walk on every day. When ready, they are left on the road for a few days, weeks or even a few months, while being exposed to the harsh external environment of hydrocarbons and oil leaks created by traffic in addition to the wide variety of waste that we unintentionally leave behind on roadways, like the contents of a spilled bottle or the chalk drawings of children. Over time, these elements leave their mark on the canvases. And so they absorb the same pollutants as the roads of our cities. Ultimately, construction becomes destruction (cracks in the coating, partial erasure of the paint or even tears in the canvas). 

 

The canvases can also be placed in specific locations intended for motor vehicles, like a garage or a gas station. 

 

These markings represent the daily discharges on our roads. And so, the daily pollution revealed by this approach becomes art.