LACMA's Cast-offs Become Artistic Inspiration
Robert Fontenot is taking LACMA's cast-offs and transforming them into a series of works he's calling Recycle LACMA. For example, a colorful Korean robe has become some kites, a long James Galanos coat is now pair of car seat covers.
I first read about Fontenot in the Wall Street Journal where I learned that he bought some textiles and costumes at auction when LACMA "deaccessioned" them from the museum's permanent collection. Deaccessioning is controversial and Fontenot's project is partly designed to bring attention to the practice.
While it's disheartening that these pieces no longer have a home at LACMA (and that the James Galanos coat is no longer available to wear), it's still encouraging that someone like Fotenot is taking the initiative to re-imagine these items into something innovative and hand-made. As they say: reduce, reuse and recycle.
images courtesy Robert Fontenot