Monday, February 28, 2011

One Person's Stuff...Another Person's Art ..Baltimore ACC Show

All that glitters at the ACC show may not be gold. One Person's Stuff is Another Person's Art....and, I am glad to see this imagination used with such creativity.

I met Baron Rene von Richthofen at the Baltimore's American Craft Council Show this week. This very charming man creates art out of a variety of materials but mostly car parts and miniature cars. He uses the term "controlled chaos" descibing how he attaches these materials that fuel his imagination.

''The automobile is the most important invention of the last century. It has given us freedom of mobility and has systematically led to every advantage we currently take for granted. Along with its practical purposes, I celebrate the finer points of the automobile that have brought the world together and have inspired our inner child....My art is abut how this invention changed us. Like all change,it's neither all good nor all bad."  www.richthofenart.com.


          golden boy ACC HomeRome          Golden Cars ACC HomeRome     Toy car art ACC HomeRome

As many know, I am former ceramic artist and the ACC show is one not to be missed. Each year walking through the isles of over 700 of the country's top contemporary craft  artists, there are few that catch my eye. This year it was the art of the toy car..maybe because of spending time and getting to know C Tann Starr and her boys. This artist may be the only person who has more cars than Stephen, the Minion Blur.

The Baron uses the term "controlled chaos" to descibe how he attaches these materials that fuel his imagination. Stephen's mom has a group "Club Chaos".

            Toy Cars ACC HomeRome    Toy Car Art HomeRome

The Craft show opens my eyes and mind to so much stimulation. Each artist could be another entire subject for a post. Do we always have to write about real estate? Of course not! But our lives are so much better from all the people we meet and all the things we see and experience.

All that glitters at the ACC show may not be gold. One Person's Stuff is Another Person's Art.  And, I am glad to see this imagination used with such creativity.

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