Drap-Art is an association of artists who use trash as their material and/or conceptual resource. Drap-Art promotes a new trend in visual art that has its origins in the movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, such as Arts and Crafts or William Morris. They imagined a world without large concentrations of power, but distributed in small economic units, in which human beings, with their creativity fully developed, worked independently in their workshops, both in free creations and commissioned works, designer objects or hand crafted products.
The artists connected to Drap-Art have updated this image in the era of Madmax, post-punk and urban art. In a world dominated by big monopolies and multinationals, where soon we will be charged even for the oxygen we breathe, we have become termites depleting resources and filling the planet-incited to consume endlessly in a race towards self-destruction-with waste. In such a world, it is positive to recover the utopia of the modernists of a society with small economic units made up of artists and craftspeople to counter monopolies, but on a planet full of debris, they must also take advantage of all these obsolete resources.
As artists are people who react to their environment, and since Industrialization the object has replaced Nature as a theme in art, with the proliferation of waste, the objects used and treated by currents of artists in the twentieth century, such as the Dadaists, Duchamp, Fluxus, Arte Povera and the Nouveaux Réalistes, Arman and his Accumulations and Poubelles, are naturally trash and objets trouvés.
With this pholosophy in mind, Drap-Art promotes the work of 150 artists at its festival in Barcelona every year and in many international venues. In Uruguay and Argentina, Drap-Art has established head quarters and is organizing a local version of its festival annually.
Last year, Drap-Art had its premiere in the US at the Re:NEW Festival in Pittsburgh and is again present in the city, this time at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with a collective exhibittion of Recycle Art with 8 US-based artists and a Spanish Urban artist, Francisco de Pájaro, who will paint on all kinds of garbage and junk he’ll find downtown and fill the festival with art and color. For more information on his work.