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Where´s the sustainable in the art?

Where´s the sustainable in the art?The great problem of the ephemeral decoration

The sustainable in the current art:Artworks and Artists by the environment

In the world of art there are works that endure, and others whose temporal course is short and ephemeral. Once they have fulfilled their role in an exhibition or as a temporary decorative element, they become part of the large amount of waste we generate daily. On the other hand, the artistic creation itself, as an industrial manifestation, also requires for itself a large amount of resources in energy and materials. This raises the need for art and the artist to be sensitive to this reality, and that initiatives can be proposed with the aim that art can also contribute to a better collective conscience in the face of the degradation of the planet. Sustainability in art is a reality.

How to be sustainable in art?

What to do to be sustainable is a question that has already penetrated the minds of many current artists. Can I create a framing sheet so that it can later be recycled and converted into another object? Could you create decorative sheets from recycled materials? Is it possible to create quality works with these two ideas in mind?

The Sustainable Art is a recent concept, but of rabid actuality. It is still part of the study plans of many art schools. So that the artists and creators of the near future also take into account these questions at the time of considering their own creative process.

And on a practical level, there are already innumerable initiatives that try to underline this idea. Artists who start from materials considered “waste” with which they make their works, using modern collage techniques. Other creators that only use materials such as paints, brushes, canvases … that have a more sustainable origin than the traditional ones, materials with a smaller ecological footprint, that have a less negative impact on the environment. Teachers and educators who teach their students to use materials commonly used in homes, which usually end up in the trash, but can be used to make them part of artistic works of undeniable quality. Because art is not in materials, but in what is done with them, in the interpretation that the artist makes of them. Be it a great Francis Bacon or a teenager in a plastic class in a humble Third World school. Both one and another have created works from materials considered “waste”, only the difference that the public makes of them.

Sustainable Art: concern for the Planet comes to the artistic work

Like other cultural manifestations, Art is influenced by the social and economic reality in which it develops. No artistic discipline can be immune to the influence of problems, challenges and uncertainties that a community goes through at a particular moment in history. Art is, or should be, permeable to all this, and reflect that reality in its works.

The concern for the environment, the serious consequences of climate change, and the degradation of our planet are some of the greatest challenges facing our world today. And as with other artistic manifestations, art is also beginning to be sensitized by these challenges, with the idea of sustainability as the central concept of this new concern. The concept of Sustainable Art aims to raise awareness among artists and the public of the need to think about the environment when considering artistic creation.The concern for the sustainability of artistic creation is here to stay, because Art feeds society and must also feed it with innovative and revolutionary ideas. And what more innovative idea is there than sustainability?

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