andrew junge

“Pandora’s Box” by Andrew Junge, 2009

“Objects have power. They carry with them stories of past use, past users and often a history that we, as their temporary custodians, can only guess at. This becomes ever more poignant and dizzying in the context of our consumer culture. We throw so much stuff away.

Useful stuff. Cool stuff.” -Andrew Junge, Excerpt from Artist’s Statement

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Andrew Junge - http://www.jungeart.com

Sculpture Statement -

Objects have power. They carry with them stories of past use, past users and often a history that we, as their temporary custodians, can only guess at. This becomes ever more poignant and dizzying in the context of our consumer culture. We throw so much stuff away. Useful stuff. Cool stuff.

I seek redemption for our collective guilt by transmuting this so-called trash – the lowest form of human productivity – into the highest: art. This work is a form of a modern alchemy, a stratagem where refuse is collected, reformed, enriched and returned to the refusers.

I invest relics and rejected materials with new life, not only acknowledging their presence in the world but also honoring their history. Acting as their temporary curator and repurposer, I proclaim my own presence. Like all of my artistic endeavors, it is a form of self-portraiture

– Andrew Junge