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Guerilla artist residencies in DIY megastores

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Via WMMNA, Regine writes:

Encastrable is a series of guerrilla art residencies held inside gardening and DIY megastores in the Paris area. At no cost at all, the young artists have at their disposal a huge array of material that they can grab, move, superimpose, and organize onto temporary installations and sculptures. Authorization of the manager of the establishment is obviously never requested.

If I worked at Home Depot, I sure wouldn’t like cleaning up after these guys, but they make some neat-looking stuff.

12 thoughts on “Guerilla artist residencies in DIY megastores

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  1. I could argue about if this really constitutes ‘art’, but we all know how those end.
    It’s interesting to see, nonetheless, what you can do with improvisation and everyday products. The tank there amused me.

  2. I can’t wait for the barrage of comments about how this is illegal and someone could die and art should always have permission and be organized and should never be subversive or fun.

    Personally I think this is great.

    1. Two days later…

      It’s not illegal, and it’s pretty, but it’s also superfluous. It doesn’t teach anything, it doesn’t say anything that hasn’t already been pounded into our brains (Everyday things can be pretty).

      It doesn’t open anyone’s eyes to art who aren’t already into it, and it seems self congratulatory.

      Picaso knew how to draw a realist bull before he ever painted an abstract one, that’s what defined his meaning.

      I guess as a drunken former hardware store employee, establish your talent before f***ing with minimum wage second shift employees.

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