The Man Behind the Bucket: Making Self-Portraits From Trash

5/10/2016 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

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

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Text, images and video via National Geographic

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