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Recycled art gets trashed

Artist Steve deBruyn made these structures from scrap lumber.
June 06, 2014 - 3:55 PM

KAMLOOPS – An art exhibition at the Arnica Artist Run Centre in Kamloops can draw more attention to a specific art piece or an artist. If an attendee likes a piece enough, he or she can purchase it to hang in their home.

It’s not every day an artist trashes an entire installation — but the creator of the latest exhibition at the Centre plans to do just that.

“Most of it was bound for the garbage anyways,” artist Steve deBruyn said. “It’s not like I’m really wasting it.”

DeBruyn, 35, builds loop-like structures out of scrap lumber he finds. When he began building with wood, it was to construct skateboard ramps and half pipes. He eventually discovered he enjoyed building the structures more than skating them and turned his hobby into art.

It’s traditional in skater culture to build from free materials. The materials for his current installation came from lumber found at a friend’s house and paint returns from a hardware store.

He says visitors are welcome to make a donation to the centre in order to take a piece home, but whatever is left will be disposed of at the end of his exhibition next month.

This isn’t deBruyn’s usual process. Sometimes he keeps pieces, other times he throws it all away.

Because he lives in London, Ont., shipping each piece from Kamloops would be costly.  After arriving in town, deBruyn started building the entire collection on Tuesday.

“The process is the big attraction to me — the actual making of it. When it’s done it’s kind of over for me,” he said.

DeBruyn says he doesn’t have an attachment to most of his structures. If he wants one in his house, he’ll make another one.

His exhibition “Works From Some Times” begins tonight and will run until July 19 at the Arnica Centre in the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre.

To see other pieces of deBruyn’s work, visit his website:

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