Robert Rauschenberg, a painter and a sculptor, always used to question the distinction between art objects and everyday objects. Hence, maybe, he adopted the latter in their derelict forms and, through the sheer brilliance of his art, morphed them into some awesome sculptures. On view through September 12 at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, you could observe how discarded signs, bicycle parts, tailpipes, blinds, and radiators ascend the heights of creativity. The show dubbed Gluts will commemorate his contribution to the American Pop Art.
Rauschenberg once said…
It’s a time of glut. Greed is rampant. I’m just exposing it, trying to wake people up. I simply want to present people with their ruins. I’m giving them souvenirs without nostalgia. What they are really meant to do is give people an experience of looking at everything in terms of what its many possibilities might be.
The Sunset Glut, one of his works, imitates a setting sun. It is made from the speedometer of a car’s dashboard and some strips of yellow scrap metal. Mercury Zero Glut combines a worn-out fan and a wing to hint toward allegorical flight. Another masterpiece dubbed Snow Crab Crystal Glut resembles a sea creature made from plastic and metal. Last but not least, the Blind Rosso Porpora Glut mixes a ladder, bucket, Venetian blind, and piece of rope.