Download PDF by Gillian Whiteley: Junk: Art and the Politics of Trash

By Gillian Whiteley

ISBN-10: 085772021X

ISBN-13: 9780857720214

Trash, rubbish, garbage, dross, detritus -- during this enjoyably radical exploration of junk, Gillian Whiteley re-thinks art's historic and current appropriation of junk inside our eco-conscious and globalized tradition. She does this via an illustrated exploration of specific fabrics, key moments and destinations and the telling of a panoply of trash narratives. came upon and ephemeral fabrics are basically linked to assemblage -- object-based practices which emerged within the mid-1950s and culminated within the seminal exhibition ""The paintings of Assemblage"" in long island in 1961. With its deployment of the discarded and the filthy, Whiteley argues, assemblage has been considered as a disruptive, transgressive artform that engaged with narratives of social and political dissent, frequently within the face of modernist condemnation as valueless kitsch. within the Sixties, parallel strategies flourished in Western Europe, the USA and Australia however the idiom of assemblage and the re-use of came across fabrics and items -- with artist as bricoleur -- is simply as commonplace now. this can be a well timed publication that uncovers the etymology of waste and the cultures of disposability inside those economies of wealth.

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Bring out your junk and we’ll give it a home A broken trumpet or a telephone Come on, come on, come on, come on and give it to me Yeah Come on, come on, come on, come on and give it to me Rag and bone Rag and bone30 Moreover, rag-collecting increasingly appears as a global referent which resonates with a Baudelairean sense of finding beauty in the ruin but also articulates the disquiet and anxieties of the wealthy West. The cultural reappropriation of ragpickers and their rubbish persists. From disposability to sustainability The twentieth-century transition from a thrift to a throwaway culture is, then, well-documented.

43 The Guardian, the mouthpiece of the comfortably-off, left-thinking, socially responsible UK consumer, reflects Whiteley5480009 book October 20, 2010 10:43 REHABILITATING RUBBISH 21 the ecological mores and anxieties of its readership through its reportage, articles and photo-features: What a Load of Old Rubbish . . every hour we throw away enough rubbish to fill the Albert Hall – and most if it ends up in overflowing landfill sites. But how much waste does each of us produce in 24 hours? And what we can do about it?

What has also become clear is that dealing with trash is an environmental and sustainability issue and, as such, it is part of the ‘climate change’ debate which is now being viewed by some as the key issue of contemporary global politics. 51 In the same issue, George Monbiot’s latest publication, Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning,52 is debated. Monbiot campaigns against what he perceives as ‘growth fetishism’ in favour of a radical austerity. Monbiot argues that individuals need to make a psychological transition to purposefully curb their own profligate consumption.

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