Luis Sahagun

Region: MFA Annual

Website: http://luissahagun.com/

City / State: chicago heights, IL

My passion lies in creating paintings, sculptures, and objects out of repurposed street rubble, such as cardboard, concrete, metal, and wood. I replace the traditional tools of paintbrushes and palette knives with reciprocal and circular saws. My objective is to use destruction/demolition as a vehicle to make a unique artistic mark.

In my cardboard painting series, I begin by collecting cardboard found on the streets of my community. Once my studio is congested with material, I begin to meticulously stack and attach it until large cube-shaped structures are formed. After the gluing process is completed, I use power tools to deconstruct and disfigure the form. I make cuts, tears, and slices on the surface to develop a history that simultaneously encapsulates and uncovers the materials’ physicality.