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|'Art is Trash' Interview|
|It was serendipity that led to the inclusion of Francisco De Pajaro’s vibrant, sarcastic street art in Quarter #1. The work materialised in front of the Chocolate Factory as if from nowhere, forming the ideal accompaniment to an article about the commodification of graffiti. It was fascinating, not only for
its originality, but the fact that these pieces seemed to be springing up everywhere, blowing a pretty unequivocal raspberry to the art and graffiti worlds while capturing the attention of both. The Guardian
picked up on it, and inspired by their illuminating article, we were able to track down the man himself for a few words about creating sculptures from scrap.
Do you think of your work as graffiti?
I’ve always thought of Graffiti as being the style or
technique, and I don’t come from that background. I
come from a fine art background. Of course, my work
comes under the umbrella of ‘urban art’ because it is
urban, but I don’t know how to label myself or even think
I am the right person to.
What made you choose street art as your medium?
Did you have the idea for ‘Art is Trash’ first or were
you already doing street art before you came to the
I didn’t have any preconception of ‘Art is Trash’, and
starting working in street art due to circumstance more
than anything. I was trying to go the traditional route, and
had a few exhibitions, but when the financial crisis hit
Spain, there were not many opportunities for an aspiring
artist. That was when I started working with garbage,
because it was available and it was everywhere.
How far in advance do you plan your pieces?
Not at all. I improvise everything. The way that the trash is
already arranged is what inspires the piece, and I try not
to change that too much.
Now that people are starting to pay attention, is it
more difficult for you to make your art?
I have lost some of my anonymity but things are
about the same. I have noticed more people taking
an interest, but the way I work is to finish a piece and
just walk away. I like to let whatever will happen to the
What has been your favourite location in London
I like painting in Brick Lane and Shoreditch. In those
areas, people respond really well to my work.
Would you say London is the perfect city for the
kind of art you make?
Actually no. I can do this anywhere, wherever there
is trash, and before I came to London, I worked in
Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla. In a way, London is too
private. The rubbish collection is very regular and very
complete and things are taken from inside people’s
front gardens. In Spain, there is a real variety of
garbage, which gets collected from the streets, and the
collection is in stages, so you can know what kind
of trash you can find on different days.
When I first started in Barcelona in 2009 it
was during the financial crisis and there was
rubbish everywhere, hardly being collected at
all. I was making new works all the time in the
same locations, and people were starting to pay
attention, including the police. I was having
my money seized to pay fines, but my art was
highlighting what a problem the trash was, and
that made the authorities finally do something
Do you have plans to take the project further?
The weather has a big impact on my work. I’m
always looking for the hot garbage, so I will
probably go somewhere warm. If I do return to
London, it will be in the summer time.
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The project started in 1996 when Collage Arts, an arts development agency, moved into the Chocolate Factory on Clarendon Road and converted several derelict floors of the Factory into artist studios.
What followed was a high demand for creative space and in 2002, Collage Arts renovated Chocolate Factory 2 on Coburg Road, next door.
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