Green Art: Ted Stanke
Several years ago one of my roommates introduced me to Ted Stanke and I had the opportunity to discover his art. Ted uses found objects to make art, because, as he explains in his artist’s bio “Corporate empires have scattered our landscapes with more extra junk than history has ever witnessed, so building with found-objects seems unique to our time.” He not only uses found objects but integrates their past life into the meaning of his work so that he always makes a strong statement.
His map of the U.S was created entirely from odd bits of metal that he rescued from junkyards. A newer work is the one shown left which is a dollar bill made entirely of toy soldiers, the kind that have ‘made in china’ printed on one sorry plastic leg. You can see move of Ted’s work on his website and get some insight into his process on his blog.