In the run-up to Art Trade, we introduce the participating artists by asking them some questions. Today: Perishable Rush, who roams the streets of big cities for materials to make his collages.
What does an artist do throughout the day?
An important part of my work is searching for materials to make my collages. I roam the streets of big cities looking for posters, paper and other discarded materials. The older, the more weathered and decayed the better. I have boxes full of posters from all over the world stacked in my studio. On studio days I dive into these boxes and start selecting paper. Every city and every wall has it's own color palette. I'm fascinated by the decaying city and the beautiful textures and colors it produces. I also like the idea of commercial messages fading away in the urban landscape.
Which artwork (well-known or unknown) do you wish you had made yourself?
Dismaland by Banksy. I like how he transformed his art and vision on our society into an overall theme park kind of experience. Working together with many other artists and musicians to create an event larger than himself. With actors playing the part of bored staff members he created a performance, an experience. This theme park was not made to bring joy but to expose how shallow our consumerist society has, or can, become. To me that is an important element in art. To be more than just a pretty picture, to express a vision. I think Banksy mastered this skill and keeps pushing the boundaries of what he can do.
What would you have become, if you weren’t an artist?
I've done several other things before finding my calling and focus on art. So I can't imagine doing anything else.
Why do you think Art Trade is a good idea?
Our society is focussed on money and making money. I'm interested in alternative ways to value what we do, so this is an excellent experiment.
What other projects are you working on?
I'm currently working on preparations for some masterclasses that I will give at the Coda museum in Apeldoorn, where I have several works up at the Paper Art 2017 exhibition. It’s exciting to be a part of this exhibition, showcasing works made from paper by artists from all over the globe. Also I’m working on an exhibition and an art fair, those will take place later this year. Next to that I'm experimenting with new materials and techniques.