ART IS TRASH • EXHIBITION
“Art is Trash” (aka El Arte Es Basura) is the street name of Barcelona-based artist Francisco de Pájaro.
When he sees a pile of rubbish, he creates art with it. He rearranges boxes, garbage bags, broken furniture, old mattresses and paints on it, sticks it together with tape, leaves his trademark moniker and walks away.
The results are installations that last for a short period of time. It is therefore that all of Francisco’s pieces can be seen as artistic suicide, creative works destined to be destroyed in a bin lorry. It is on social media and the minds of people that his artworks find permanence.
His style of work started from his frustrations about the conventional art world, where art has been kidnapped by political and economic interests. He considered the contemporary art world to be trash and decided to turn this notion around by creating art out of trash. Garbage is hated, ignored, considered smelly and rotten but for Francisco it has become a place to create monsters and to make fun of politicians and the capitalist system. His works are funny but at the same time they ask our attention for serious matters such as corruption and the abuse of power. His art is pure and belongs to us, to the people in the street. For this exhibition, Francisco has roamed the streets of Amsterdam for materials to make an installation in the O.D. Gallery. This piece will be accompanied by his latest paintings and works on paper.
EXHIBITION OPENING SATURDAY DECEMBER 16TH, 5 – 9 PM
EXHIBITION TILL FEBRUARY 28, 2018