From the Street by Tom Pfannerstill

Kentucky artist Tom Pfannerstill is able to create perfect replicas made of wood for all sorts of garbage he finds on the streets for his series ‘From the Street’.

He starts off by choosing a real piece of trash and traces the outline of the object onto a flat piece of wood. Then he fills it in with acrylic paints, in painstaking detail using the ‘trompe l’oeil’ painting technique.

"The works in the series “From the Street” are carefully crafted, carved and painted, trompe l’oeil depictions of everyday common objects."

"On the back of each piece is a description of where and when I found this ‘gift from the street’ and so, they provide a record that mirrors my movements through time and space."

"In the most obvious sense these pieces speak to issues of commercialism and consumerism."

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