Second Chance — Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Ben Frost
"Clears The Head, Soothes The Heart", 2013,
Acrylic on throat lozenge package

ChicagoArt & Culture

On Second Thoughts

Artists putting lost and found to good use...

Proof that my gran was right to never throw anything out, Second Chance: Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life shows what can be done with the seemingly spent, useless or knackered stuff that most people leave out for the bin men.

Ten artists have contributed to this collection, and between them they have come up with some startlingly different ways to recycle. C215 shows us his version of two Caravaggio oil paintings, urbanised by the Frenchman and reproduced on oil cans. Pop art has its say through Ben Frost‘s cartoon additions to found packaging, Audrey Heller goes sculptural with Three O’Clock, and at the other end of the scale is Joseph Martinez with his incredibly intricate watercolours on the inside of matchbooks – we just have to ask “how?”. Chicagoan Dont Fret has added some interesting characters to some recovered booze bottles, and it’s in his city that the collection is being exhibited, until 29th June at Vertical Gallery.

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Audrey Heller,
“Three O’ Clock”, 2013,
Digital Print on Archival Paper/
S+N Edition of 250

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

My Dog Sighs,
Gallery opening reception photo

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Ben Frost
“Paddle Pop”, 2013,
Acrylic on ice cream packaging

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Kim Alsbrooks,
Gallery install photo

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Joseph Martinez
“Face Front”, 2013,
Oil on found matchbook

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Simon WG Butler
“The Final Curtain”,
Retired postage stamps on paper

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Dont Fret
“Booze Hounds”, 2013,
acrylic on found bottles

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

C215,
Gallery opening reception photo

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Ben Frost,
Gallery install photo

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Pixel Stud
“Spring Cleaning”, 2013,
Acrylic, ink, tissue,
Double Bubble wrapper,
carefree bubblegum wrappers,
Space Invaders.

Second Chance, Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life

Kim Alsbrooks
“My White Trash Family, Young Woman in Blue”,
Oil on trash

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