Carlo McCormick (US) in conversation with Bordalo II (PT)
Bordalo II’s series of large-scale public sculptures depicts animals made out of discarded and recycled materials found in wastelands, abandoned factories and industrial estates. Damaged car bumpers, used tires, garbage cans and household appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified within his work, with his latest ‘half and half’ series of sculptures bringing his choice of materials – and the environmental message behind his work – even more to the fore.
Having cut his teeth as a graffiti writer in trainyards across Europe, Bordalo II and Carlo McCormick discuss the parallels between his current work and it’s place in the pantheon of contemporary art as well as Bordalo II’s early days perfecting the letter form. The talk will explore the process of ascribing value to often overlooked, unexamined values of everyday life and culture and how these seemingly insignificant objects, when combined, can be used to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as climate change and species extinction.