Cardboard Beauty: Cristobal Valecillos

It is a special gift bestowed upon artists to take what is ugly and make it beautiful.  In his Recycle series, photographer Cristobal Valecillos uses every day materials to craft the fashions and sets he then photographs, so that what is often never looked twice upon becomes elevated to extraordinary.

Tea Time by Cristobal Valecillos

Tea Time, archival digital print on metallic paper on plexiglass, 26×36

Every single thing but the models in each set is carefully crafted from pizza boxes, Starbucks sleeves, newspapers, etc., giving each design incredible texture and depth.  The fashions seem to fit the models as well as any couture, and the drama of what seems to be unfolding in the expanded scenes lends those pieces in particular a wonderfully theatrical quality.

Doubt by Cristobal Valecillos

Doubt, archival digital print on metallic paper on plexiglass, 53×35

Olga by Cristobal Valecillos

Olga, archival digital print on metallic paper on plexiglass, 60×36

Untitled by Cristobal Valecillos

Untitled, archival digital print on metallic paper on plexiglass, 60×36

I spotted Valecillos’ work several times at the LA Art Show and the photographs, mounted on plexiglass are sleek and beautiful in person.  However, it was the artist’s cardboard sculptures and set installation that really stayed with me.  A reminder that every thing around us is temporary and fleeting, every chair we covet and save for, every piece of art hanging on our walls, every item of clothing carefully chosen.

Organic A by Cristobal Valecillos

Organic A, archival digital print on metallic paper on plexiglass, 24×36

In his artist statement, Valecillos alludes to the creation of beauty from waste, using recycling to inspire art.  For me, I see in his work more of a statement upon the artificiality and ephemeral nature of the world we find ourselves in.  What do you see?

To see more of Cristobal Valecillos’ work, please visit his website.

All images are via the website of the artist’s representing gallery, The McLoughlin Gallery.

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  • http://www.mgart.com Joan McLoughlin

    PLEASE JOIN THE MCLOUGHLIN GALLERY AT

    ArtPadSF

    MAY 16 – 19, 2013

    ROOM 28

    FEATURING CARDBOARD INSTALLATION
    AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY

    CRISTÓBAL VALECILLOS

    • Lesley

      Thanks for sharing, Joan!