Updated: Oct 11, 2018
Bring significance to the seemingly insignificant and to bring it back to how humans treat each other.
About the Installation
Daniel Lanzilotta is a Bronx born and raised native. He is the inspiration for Eugene and Renee Poubelle Earrings, an up cycle brand that creates cutting edge jewelry from post human consumption.
Daniel is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He is a Bronx 200 artist. His work has been shown in Europe, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.
Daniel is also a classically trained chef and has a culinary arts degree from The New York Restaurant School. He currently owns and operates Leap Foods, a private dinner party and events service.
His environmental work is based on artistic expression using plastic ocean debris. He has collected debris from the Bronx River and Orchard Beach, among other Bronx environments. He collects debris all along Coastal Connecticut's Long Island Sound. Daniel uses his art to encourage his viewers to ponder how their consumer habits contribute to the plastic debris that affects our shared environments.
Daniel's artistic mission is to bring greater significance to the seemingly insignificant. Daniel calls himself a "plastician”. He works with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam and jetsom. He works predominantly with plastic ocean debris.
Daniel's work is inspired and influenced by Gestalt Philosophy, specifically Kurt Koffka’s principle posit, ”The whole is other than the sum of its parts”. Daniel's "whole” invites the viewer to find increased value and richness in the common and mundane. The world has become plasticized. He rescues this debris from landfills, oceans, beaches, and other waterways. He recoups wasted, discarded materials and repurposes these insignificant items to give them a new purpose.
Significance. Beauty. A new vision.
Daniel uses a principle of Gestalt Theory called: Functional Fixedness. What use does an object have other than its intended purpose he ask? He manipulates elements to recreate objects of intrigue, conversation and discovery.
The most insignificant piece of debris becomes “other than itself”. In return he hopes the viewer becomes “other” than them self. Daniel offers the viewer to discover beauty in cast-off items of the insignificant by design, composition, ornamentation, color, form, movement and dynamic juxtaposition of materials.
Daniel's mission is to help people and communities to shift in baby steps to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Artwork name: "Garbage In Art Out”
Medium: Plastic made Jewelry