To find a new medium these days is a rare feat. The act of doing so is in no way a required challenge of great art, but it spins the audience’s mind a bit, to have sought after the unused, beyond paint or clay. Artist Stefaan De Croock, for instance, has done just that with discarded doors.
Indeed, his mural work invites double-takes and eye-cocks, possibly a murmuring of, “Are those…doors?” It seems implausible at first glance, but the big picture sinks in and you forget about how it was created. As he explains in an interview with My Modern Met, even the gathering of materials can be time-consuming and exhausting.
“I always keep an eye open for wood. The ‘harvesting’ is almost as important as the making of the artwork. Sometimes I see doors or wooden planks on a construction site and if they look interesting, I ask the construction workers if they still need it. If they don’t need them anymore, I come back with my van. I’ll also search in deserted factories or houses just before they’re going to be destroyed. Sometimes people send me a message or tell me where I can find some old floors or doors. I just look everywhere.”
His latest piece Elsewhere — a part of the Mechelen Muurt Project, on an old furniture factory in Mechelen, Belgium — is a brilliantly colorful output; a pensive man in silhouette, the result of scavenging, planning, and constructing. It’s by no means an easy or quick task. Upon finding the abandoned doors, he cuts them into the necessary shapes, assembling a puzzle like patchwork.
“Every recycled sculpture or mural has it own story. In this case, the wall on which I constructed the installation was also an inspiration. You can see the relics of an old roof and house on the wall, so in the past there was a house next to the furniture factory. The melancholic, fragile pose of the figure symbolizes a person in the comfort of his home, where he is truly himself.”
His work is recycling at its absolute coolest. See Elsewhere and more below.
[via My Modern Met]