Welcome to Rude Designs by Don Carlson
Artist Don Carlson's work unintentionally offers a straightforward interpretation of recycling as adaptive re-use. The discarded metal objects and scraps are transformed into art, sometimes functional. The concept of infusing life into trash is not one that is unique in art. There are many sculptors who personally interact with the recycling process and interrupt the usual cycle of manufacture-use-discard by introducing their creative hand. In the art world of overblown writing and concepts, his sculpture could be interpreted as a profound commentary on the culture of consumption or that he confronts the viewer and requires the rethinking of the question, "when does an object become trash?" It gives Don great pleasure knowing most of his sculpture has ended up back in the home of the consumer.