The Man Behind the Bucket: Making Self-Portraits From Trash
German artist Thorsten Brinkmann is a self-proclaimed serial collector. He works primarily with items from resale shops and junkyards, incorporating the found objects into his photography and site-specific installations.
Wearing a trash can for a helmet and a fabric scrap for a vest, he is suddenly transformed into a seemingly noble character that mimics the style of paintings done by the old masters. In this short from Walley Films, watch how Brinkmann creates these whimsical self-portraits for his latest show at the Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, Texas.
|Image by Thorsten Brinkmann,|
Thorsten Brinkmann, The Great Cape Rinderhorn, 2016
Commission, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas
Video: Walley Films
Thorsten Brinkmann: thorstenbrinkmann.com
Text, images and video via National Geographic