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At some point, I must have wondered what happens to all the empty spray cans abandoned on the side of train tracks and highways. It’s impossible that every can ever used to create graffiti art could be rescued from a life of slow decline into rust and ruin, but Canlove have come up with an ingenious way of re-purposing those empty vessels.
Canlove is a non profit recycling organisation that unites street artists in an effort to extend the life and use of the spray can. Founded by DJ Neff and Paul Ramirez in about 2010 to explore the recycling possibilities of an object that can be quite obnoxious when discarded by grafitti artists, Neff’s inspiration was to “..understand the can better than anything – to make it do everything. There are too many cans everywhere to not use them.”
The range of artistic projects that are achievable with empty cans is really quite amazing, as demonstrated by the exhibition in 941 Geary/White Walls, San Francisco. The show ran from 16th June- 28th July 2012 and consisted of multiple installation pieces, as well as framed artwork, all created from empty spray paint cans. The result is really quite spectacular, and I wish very much that I could have attended.
This particular exhibition was the first of it’s kind for the Canlove collaborative group, and the show stopper looks to have been the immense “Graffititree” which stood in the centre of the space. The graduation and intensity of the colours, something that is evident in a lot of the work exhibited, is quite beautiful. Who knew that the inside of a spray paint can could be so attractive?
Supporting the Graffititree in terms of scale and ingenuity is the Flower Cart, evidently an engineering feat, and displaying lovely bouquets of can flowers.
No exhibition based on graffiti is complete without graffiti art itself, and collaborative works were displayed alongside the impressive installations. The work itself is done on “canvas” made from.. recycled spray paint cans.
Hanging alongside graffiti art is some beautiful flattened can artwork, using the innate beauty and subtlety of the tones and colours to create lovely “Canscapes”.
For more information and images from this exhibition, please click here.
For more information on Canlove, to get involved or view their projects, you can view their website, Canlove.
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