Swordfisher - JUNK FLEET - Wall Sculpture Signed Original
Tiny - JUNK FLEET - Wall Sculpture Signed Original
The First One - JUNK FLEET - Wall Sculpture Signed OriginalA few months ago I found an artist online from Croatia. He makes 'junk fleet ships' which I personally find irresistible. It's a case of, if i had the money if I had the home to decorate, his ships would be on my walls. They are brilliant, complicated, simple and exude a playfulness that keeps them from dipping into pretension.
I decided to post his work on my Friday New Art Finds as a way to jump start myself back into sharing artists I love each Friday. Please visit his shop and check out his work, it is not often I see an artist on Etsy who is 'pure'. Below I have copied one of his item descriptions which gives you an idea about his work:
I created these ships using pieces spitted from the sea which I collected on the island Iž in North Dalmatia. In that way I react ecologically: cleaning the beach and the sea where my kids swim and produce something at least interesting.
Picking up those pieces I just can imagine who throw it away and also in which situations.Playing with and observing that things between my fingers I have realized that it is a clean garbage. It was hardly washed in a sea tumbled numerous times. On the land it has been burned under the sun for days, months or years. Those processes change their origin shapes and colors. Disassembled and ruined now they got a new look. Mounted in forms of ships with a new purpose they begin to live a new life.But it is still about garbage, waste and pollution.
Why ships? It is man's first connection with the sea. Only by a boat or a ship the man is able to explore, to feel and know the sea. Pieces were not particularly designed or treated in any way. I was using used materials like nails, wire, strings and cords for assembling. The ships are named in old fashioned way which is very common in Dalmatia - there are descriptive adjectives for special shape, color, manner, etc. A hook and an old part of a wood are examples of exposing.
You can also find some inexpensive 'functional' art on his site, brilliant as well...key chains made from ski's and snowboards. Each one is unique, one of a kind. I always respect an artist who can create a wonderful, functional design, these key chains do just that.