Junk Bonds

It’s amazing what ends up in landfills -- baby bottles, broken chairs, used condoms, copies of Adam Lambert’s new Glam Nation Live DVD.

Tucson-based artist Greg Corman isn’t about to let the best scraps in the junkyard pile go to waste. A landscape designer by day, Corman creates beautiful sculptures using discarded wood and rusted metal in his off-time. “Half the fun of my work is finding great junk and imagining its possibilities as art,” he says.

View Corman’s latest offerings in “Burnt Leftovers,” a solo exhibition on display at Practical Art. For this show, Corman combined thinner pieces of painted wood and rusty salvage parts to make wall hangings with a natural, organic feel.

How did a landscape designer get into making fine art? Corman started his artistic journey by transforming old logs into “houses” for native bees. Now, he finds escape in the destructive part of his construction. “Design is clean, cerebral work. My art process is noisy, dirty, hot and very visceral,” Corman quips. “I love it!”

April 1-30, 2011


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