Featured Artist Andre Sardone

Artist Andre Sardone writes, “I take things people don’t want and then make things that people don’t need!” His intriguing sculptures are made out of salvaged steel transformed into amazing artwork. Learn more about this artist by visiting his website.

 

“Lava Pod” Salvaged Steel, 46cm x 51cm x 32cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Lava Pod” Salvaged Steel, 46cm x 51cm x 32cm

 

My artwork is made predominately of salvaged steel from old farms, waste from the local steel fabrication company, car and truck parts, railway components or whatever unique pieces come my way.

 

“The Mill” Salvaged Steel, 140cm x 45cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Mill” Salvaged Steel, 140cm x 45cm

 

These components have done a lot of hard work in their day and were all destined for the smelter.

 

“Cruisin' #4” Salvaged Steel, 55cm x 37cm x 20cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cruisin’ #4” Salvaged Steel, 55cm x 37cm x 20cm

 

Time and the elements have weathered and rusted the surfaces, and wear marks have developed added character and texture.

 

“Little Spilt Pod” Salvaged Steel, 35cm x 28cm x 30cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Little Spilt Pod” Salvaged Steel, 35cm x 28cm x 30cm

 

I love that I am in a way preserving some of the history of the area, combining different pieces to repurpose “waste” into art, provoking discussion and memories. Each component has a story to tell.

 

“Easy Sunday” Salvaged Steel, 45cm x 53cm x 26cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Easy Sunday” Salvaged Steel, 45cm x 53cm x 26cm

 

As I use these pieces, I wonder about their history. How many hands have worked with or held that piece during its life, and what are their stories? If these pieces of steel could talk, they could reveal so much, from the mine where the iron ore was sourced and the people who work there, to the manufacturers, mechanics, farmers, etc.

 

“Seed Pod” Salvaged Steel, 61cm x 25cm x 28cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Seed Pod” Salvaged Steel, 61cm x 25cm x 28cm

 

I see evidence of the clever “farm fixes” made to pieces of machinery, acknowledging the resourcefulness of some old bush mechanics and the need to make things work.

 

Artist Andre Sardone in his studio. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Andre Sardone in his studio.

 

When I was young, I told people who asked that I wanted to do something with my hands when I grew up. With thirty years of experience as a plumber, specializing in metal roofing, I feel I have grown up! I am now using the skills and experience I have acquired to create and explore the possibilities of steel.

 

“On The Dance Floor” Salvaged Steel, 26cm x 29cm x 24cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“On The Dance Floor” Salvaged Steel, 26cm x 29cm x 24cm

 

I like the weight of steel, the mass, the strength of it and the fact that it will outlast me, whilst aging gracefully. I feel a sense of contentment and accomplishment as I use it and shape it into organic forms. The drive to understand more about its characteristics is a learning curve that is very exciting.

 

“Wall Pod” Salvaged Steel, 100cm x 65cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wall Pod” Salvaged Steel, 100cm x 65cm

 

I have always been interested in nature and its forms and am particularly drawn to pods, in all their types—seed pods, iPods, Podcasts and community pods or hubs.

 

“Charlie and His Pod” Salvaged Steel, Pod: 22cm x 76cm x 22cm, Charlie: 6cm x 24cm x 6cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Charlie and His Pod” Salvaged Steel, Pod: 22cm x 76cm x 22cm, Charlie: 6cm x 24cm x 6cm *

 

My work is quite varied in style, but a main theme is the off-round shape of the Pod. These have evolved over many years, from 2D to 3D with flat sides, to the current forms.

 

“Pod On The Move” Salvaged Steel, 84cm x 61cm x 30cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pod On The Move” Salvaged Steel, 84cm x 61cm x 30cm

 

I live in a in a mud brick home surrounded by a national park in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. There are lots of kangaroos, birds and other native wildlife here to keep me company as I work in my studio.

 

“The New Pod” Salvaged Steel, 53cm x 83cm x 53cm by artist Andre Sardone. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The New Pod” Salvaged Steel, 53cm x 83cm x 53cm

 

After an overwhelming response to my recent exhibition, “Steel Evolution,” I am very excited that my dream is alive. I am on my way to “forging” ahead in my journey.

 

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