The art of upcycling discarded materials makes more than a creative mark on the community; abandoned industrial parts from keys to bolts are rescued and given a new purpose.
+Brauer’s initiative produces tangible artworks, but it also explores the “surprising artistic worlds of what was and what could be.” The artist challenges the idea that an object’s value is entirely dependent upon its designated use, showcasing the multi-faceted potential in each expired component.
Each robot begins as a mere sketch on paper, and comes to life through a process of trial and error; parts are arranged, re-arranged, and exchanged until +Brauer feels that the final product is “harmonious.”
Perhaps the most daunting task is each robot’s unique electrical work; +Brauer employs his technical skills with precision, “sawing, cutting, welding, screwing, and burnishing” each component until they all fit together successfully. Depending upon the robot’s complexity, some sculptures require months of work. But each finished product is entirely unique.
+Brauer’s sculptures are influenced by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as sci-fi, comic books, and Japanese robotics. His next exhibition will open at MAD Gallery Dubai in March 2017.