One of the new “recycled” art projects…

(untitled) mixed media wall sculpture, 20x12" (c) 2010, Lynne & Mark Medsker

Mark & I have been creating artwork together to show this weekend at the “Deja Vu All Over Again” show in Columbus, Indiana (click here for more info).  This is one of the first completed pieces –  there are several others that are close to completion or in the “drying” stages. It’s been fun to work together & brainstorm a bit! I have been having a lot of fun with cement, grout & sand mixtures added to wood for texture and interest so I wanted to incorporate something like that into a few of the pieces we made together. This was a piece of scrap wood from my father-in-laws barn, I have no idea how long it had been out there but it was a great piece to “recycle” into some new art. Since I’ve been enjoying the texture on wood I had purchased some “crackle” paste a few weeks ago that I hadn’t played with – this seemed to be the perfect piece to give it a try on!

wood piece with crackle paste (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After I applied a thin coat it had to dry for several days before I could add anything to it. I sealed it and then began to use washes of acrylic, using both liquid acrylics and acrylic inks. After applying them I sprayed water to thin them further and let them drip/run around the wood and into the cracks on the surface.

first layers of acrylic - image 1 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
first layers of acrylic - image 2 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Using the thinned paint is a bit deceiving because it looks quite bright but, since it’s such a thin layer, it dries in a much more muted tone. This is how it looked after the first two layers (shown above) dried.

work in progress, dried layers (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

What a difference! I ended up going back and adding another (slightly thicker!) layer or two of color before I was satisfied with the saturation. The metal “frame” for the piece was welded from old parts that we keep in stock out in the workshop. It’s always fun to dig around and pull pieces out, arrange them, switch them and get them “just right” for whatever project we are working on. When we first started making metal artwork together we painted all the pieces in bright colors, lately if we do anything at all to them it’s just buff them to a shine & seal them with clear paint. For this piece the metal was left in it’s natural, semi-rust state since I wanted to give an old, weathered looked to the entire piece. I added the three accent pieces to the wood after it was dried & re-sealed. It’s new enough it’s not even been given a name yet but I wanted to give you a little preview of what we’ll be showing this weekend.

Whatcha think?


“The Art of Re-use in Celebration of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary”

wall sculpture #26, recycled metal (c) 2010 Medsker Metal Art


Exhibit at Phi Gallery Celebrates Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary

Columbus, IN.  Broken toys, yesterday’s newspaper and china shards may seem like trash to most, but in the hands of professionals, they can be transformed into beautiful art and fine crafts.  Twelve professional artists have taken these re-used objects and created artwork that will be featured at Hotel Indigo’s Phi Gallery.

Presented by the Columbus Museum of Art and Design, this exhibit entitled “The Art of Re-use in Celebration of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary” will be on display from April 1 through May 28th.  The public is invited to a special meet the artist reception, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 8 from 5:30 to 7pm.

The show’s purpose is to demonstrate that such work is just as interesting and equal in quality to that made of new materials. “Recycled art is becoming collectible, and it’s often exhibited in fine galleries and shows across the nation,” said Columbus artist Marilyn Brackney, organizer of this exhibit.  Twelve central Indiana artists were invited to display their work, which includes mosaics, metal sculpture, fiber arts, collage and mixed media.

Besides Brackney, who will exhibit a relief sculpture, the show will include Bloomington artists Glenn Carter, metal sculpture, Cappi Phillips, mosaic/assemblage and Kelly Tate, mixed media.  Among the participating artists from Columbus are Linda Peterson, mixed media, Jan Wantz, fiber arts, and Chad Shock, woodturning.

One of the more unusual entries is that of another Bloomington artist Nick McGill who transforms old machine parts into unusual candlesticks. Also from Bloomington, Martina Celerin, whose work was featured on HGTV, will show one of her spectacular weavings.

A Brownsburg husband and wife team of Mark and Lynne Medsker will display metal sculpture and collage, and many who have toured the “Back Roads of Brown County” will recognize Chris Gustin’s weaving.

Hotel Indigo is located at 400 Brown Street in downtown Columbus, Indiana. For additional information about this exhibit or future exhibits at Phi Gallery, call 812.376.2534.