Cody Bayne‘s collages from his ‘Disparate Renewal’ series belong in the punk firmament, his work an exploration of beauty and decay, the discarded and the torn, the prolific consumption of a materialist world, the detritus of poverty and the yawning gap that resides between both. His images a demarcation, a mark, a surge of power that creates art out of the very materials that we disregard.
Drawing from urban art, graffiti, street culture and his immediate experiences of living in LA, Bayne plays with collage and assemblage to make pictures that reflect his relationship to the environment he lives in, a place that is in constant turmoil, a perpetual revolution that is spinning out of control, a society that demands we consume to succeed while kneeling at the altar of the individual.
Like the Nouveau Réalistes of the 1960’s he uses exterior objects to give an account of the reality of his time, each image an attempt to bring art closer to life, to critique and re-appropriate the mass-produced commercial objects of everyday life; advertising, instructional posters, building, commercial and industrial materials.
And while his collage aesthetic consciously looks to the avant garde movements of the 20th Century, in order to make sense of the present, it’s very much the product of contemporary society. There’s a naked anger, a distrust, a negation of the status quo in Bayne’s art. His work screams at us, demands that we open our eyes to the waste and profligate nature of a consumerist world. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
My work is exploring the ubiquitous beauty of decay & renewal of the discarded and torn via a diverse range of sources and influences from post-war 20th century artists to graffiti & street art/tagging culture, commoditization culture, decline & renewal, consumption & poverty, and the impact of gentrification. I do so by mining the areas that I inhabit for materials & information on the streets, merchant posters, layered adverts on plywood fencing on construction sites. I reconfigure the information with intent for combined context of the social implications & visual harmony.