Recycled Art and Cubism

Artist Profile — Enno de Kroon

The next two artists you’ll meet here at, transform recycled materials into stellar artwork.

The Classroom by Enno de Kroon

Today, it’s artist Enno de Kroon from The Netherlands, whose Eggcubism is—in a word—brilliant. By painting on the challenging canvas of recycled egg crates, he plays with perspective, and forces the viewers of his artwork to do the same.

In his Rotterdam studio, the humble crates take on personalities of color and motion.

Classroom (above), was inspired by his daughter’s first days at school, and depicts a “loud and messy classroom.” Look closely and you’ll catch a couple students asleep at their desks, and another sneaking in a water-pistol shot.

Detail of The Classroom

Detail of Student and Desk in The Classroom

This—like many of Enno’s Eggcubism pieces—is large-scale. Here is the 80-egg-crate work in its infancy, in Enno’s studio.

The Classroom in Progress

And here’s a peek into his Red Light District II:

Red Light District II by Enno de Kroon

“The shape of my new canvases – the egg box structures- increases the amount of possible visual images in an almost exponential way,” said Enno.

“Two-and-a-half dimensional paintings,” he calls them. One of the ladies from the right angle view gives you a feel for the impact of Eggcubism in person.

Right Angle View

It’s not easy to paint on this canvas, and viewing the recycled art pieces requires interaction.

“Painting with hindrances requires a new approach by the painter, which in turn has led the viewer to have to take a new approach to looking at the art,” said Enno.

“The egg carton works came about out of my previous work where I find the relationship between the viewer and the piece as an object to be of great importance. I’ve always played with distortions of perspective, which puts the viewer on the wrong foot and makes them conscious of their manner of observing.”

“The viewer discovers quickly the presence of an obstacle when looking at these works and finds it necessary to look at it from different sides, and then to decide themselves which position they want to take. Every position suffers the consequence that other parts of the work can’t be seen. The extra effort of this process really offers something new to the art: The process of viewing this art work becomes a purposeful, even interactive and exciting experience where both your expectations and memory play a role.”

Here are the Boatsmen:

Boatsmen by Enno de Kroon

Here’s Chinese Man 3, from his China Portrait Series; and I couldn’t resist sharing with you his Kiss, created with a deformed egg box:

Chinese Man 3 by Enno de KroonKiss on Deformed Egg Box by Enno de Kroon

Another large-scale work—Mosh!finished, and with Enno in progress:

Mosh! by Enno de Kroon

The Making of Mosh!

The Making of Mosh! in Progress

Although he mostly portrays humans, Enno has also experimented with still-life. Here are vessels from his Amphora series, in which he questions the waste that we humans discard:

Amphora Series by Enno de Kroon

Artist Enno de Kroon

Enno de Kroon’s ideas are endless, and the stacks of egg crates in his studio await his brushes.

You can view more of Enno’s work, and contact him through his Web site, and his Flickr pool.

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6 Comments for “Recycled Art and Cubism”

Thank you for the nice article on my Eggcubism.

These are SO interesting. Love to see some one taking “trash” and making something so beautiful. Great find!

Love the use of found materials in making art. Amazing what people can come up with. Certainly very unique and creative.Great piece. I would certainly hang this on my wall!

I bet it’s tough to work on this surface! I’m glad we had the chance to see the right angle viewpoint. Great post!

Thanks Nancy! I was so taken by Enno’s work. The reuse of such a common material is fabulous, and the artwork so full of life. I love that the viewers can interact with the work.

And Enno — I was thrilled to cover your artwork. Hope your current show is going fabulously well!

Best wiishes,

Regina —

Wish we could both jet over to Holland and see Enno’s work in person. I’m absolutely smitten with the life, personality and sneaky action in his Classroom piece.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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