Artist-designer Darcy Lundgren makes lasting treasures out of something we disregard.
For most of us, junk mail gets little more than a passing glance en route to the recycling bin. But, back in 2005, visual artist and residential home designer Darcy Lundgren saw greater potential in the mounds of flyers and other unsolicited print material that continuously clogged his mailbox.
Tasked with creating an “art-gallery feel” for a showhome, Lundgren created a large-scale contemporary acrylic painting on a backdrop of shredded junk mail.
The distinctive, hyper-textured work became the first in an ongoing series that has since become a calling card for Lundgren, who works out of Inglewood-based DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB alongside partner Greg Fraser. Most of the subsequent pieces hang in private residences, though one large-scale artwork is currently installed in the foyer of downtown’s Charcut Roast House.
The inspiration for Lundgren’s series follows the philosophies of the reclaimed art movement espoused by figures such asBritish artist-designer Stuart Haygarth, who creates multimedia works out of found objects. The same thinking inspired Lundgren and Fraser to create a striking floor-to-ceiling sculpture made entirely of empty Evian water bottles.
“The whole series started developing by collecting recycled paper and junk mail just from our household and realizing there was such enormous amounts of it,” Lundgren says. “I was trying to figure out what to do with it, other than send it to recycling. Shredding it and using it as texture for my pieces just came together quite naturally, and it has been really quite beautiful."
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Taking inspiration from minimalism & modernism, Darcy's artwork is created as one of a kind, thought provoking, and often environmentally friendly abstract pieces. Lundgren's works are experiments in traditional as well as non-traditional mediums, ranging from acrylics & oils to the tactile Jackson Pollock inspired shredded paper. While his sculptural work has been inspired by the works of Stuart Haygarth. Repurposing collections of normally overlooked objects into finished pieces, taking various forms from chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural pieces.