PORT COLBORNE – Douglas Carter collects cultural debris.
He can’t stop. Everywhere he goes he finds something he needs to take home.
Reflective items are the best.
“I like adding them to wall pieces,” he said. “There’s nothing like a broken CD to cast light all around the room.”
The Port Colborne artist up-cycles things he finds on the beach, on the streets and anywhere else. He assembles them into both flat pieces and sculptures.
His latest collection, called The Boat Show III, is on display at Arts Place Gallery, 714 King St. until Saturday, September 15.
The official opening of the show takes place at the gallery on Sunday, August 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
“For this project I decided to interpret what I was seeing through found materials, — beach debris and paint,” he said.
He said the visual impact of living in the lakeside city has influenced his art and given him a lot of inspiration.
“You can hear and see the boats go by most of the year and it’s just great,” he said.
It took him three years to gather the cultural debris necessary to complete the show, but the finished gallery has about eight boat sculptures and more than 10 paintings.
He likes to put his pieces outside when they are complete and leaves them there for a few months to give them a more authentic feel.
“It gets rid of the shine and newness of the paint. It goes with the material better,” he said.
Carter said he’s intentionally keeping the price of his work down so more people can afford to own original art.
“I’d rather be in someone’s home or studio than sitting in my studio — or rather my garage,” he said.
For more information visit http://www.dougcarter.ca.