Clare Graham is a man on a mission. The Los Angeles artist has made it his life's purpose to awaken people to the potential of consumer refuse, proving that one manâ€™s trash is another manâ€™s treasure.
From his Highland Park studio, Graham creates large-scale art and design works from discarded soda-pop cans, Scrabble tiles, yardsticks, dog tags and jigsaw-puzzle pieces. The results are monumental. LA Times art critic Mayer Rus writes that â€œthe grand scale, artistry, and monomania of Grahamâ€™s work elevates it from the cornball to the realm of the sublime.â€
Graham comes by his passion honestly. Growing up in a large, working class family in a small town in Ontario, Canada, he was forced to make do with hand-me-down clothes and used materials. â€œIâ€™m genetically programmed to deal with things after theyâ€™ve had a useful life elsewhere,â€ says Graham, adding, â€œMy work is about simple processes done to the nth degree until the accumulation is significant.â€
See more of Graham's work here.