Love upcycled art? Gary Solomon is opening his home and sculpture garden so you can get up close and personal with hundreds of creative reinventions. Bring a friend, explore a new corner of Melbourne, and find the right piece for your space.
Sculpture and upcycling are a perfect fit. Discarded objects have loads of textures and shapes to spark ideas, and upcycling keeps wonderful ’stuff’ out of landfill.
Artist Gary Solomon has been playing with junk assemblage for many years. In the 1990s he moved from the collecting/curating side of art to his own creations and has been painting and sculpting ever since.
Gary’s most recent obsession is a collection of 50 to 100 year old industrial moulds. These wooden patterns, made obsolete in the 1970s, make fantastic sculptural features. He also works with recycled metal and paper collage in a wide range of abstract and figurative combinations.
One of the best ways to view art is where it’s made. Contemporary galleries are crisp and fashionable but the colourful tapestry of artist homes is way more fun. Gary uses his Glen Iris home and garden as a constantly evolving art space and is happy for visitors to come and explore. Just call for an appointment.
If a personal visit is not your style, keep an eye on the website or Facebook for new work and exhibitions.
Australia is really starting to embrace upcycled art. It’s environmentally responsible, visually exciting and full of stories. I hope you enjoy meeting the people behind the work just as much as their junk-pile creations.