Emerging Brisbane artist, and graduate from the Southbank Institute of Technology Visual Arts Diploma, Jimmy Trinket is a man obsessed with discarded items, objects that have no use to anyone. He rescues unwanted things, then transforms and assembles them into unique works of art.

One of his greatest influences is Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948). The artist synonymous with the concept of Merz which Trinket explains is, “from commerce … stuff, commodity, rubbish thrown away, that’s what his collages were based around … His Merzbarn was a house made out of collage and rubbish.” For his graduating work, Trinket constructed a large room-like installation made entirely from found objects.

These ideas also took the form of a street art project that Jimmy Trinket initiated and carried out in August of this year. He was keen to have an exhibition of his work that was made accessible to the public in an attempt to take the elitism out of art and to make a statement in the current political climate.

Other artists got on board and contributed their works to the project that coincided with the 75th anniversary of the famous Entartete Kunst or “degenerate art” exhibition staged by the Nazis, which included art from some of the most famous names from the modernist period. There are those that still may share this view, but Jimmy Trinket was being ironic. He points out, “I like the idea of poking fun, because I do not believe we, as artists, are degenerate … but a lot of people … call them philistines … believe that we are, because of the [kind of] art that we make.”

The artists met in cafes around Brisbane and planned their operation, abiding by just two rules: it was to be anonymous and it was not to cause any destruction to property or to the environment. It was to be a temporary installation. The artists left messages explaining the purpose of the exhibition, inviting viewers to take pictures and share them on social media sites. Some artworks were liked so much that they were taken by members of the public.

“I’ve always enjoyed street art. I don’t agree with street art that damages property, but I do find it amazing to look at, specifically when it’s in a high industrial area. It’s quite remarkable on a horrible, barren wall to be faced with an absolutely gorgeous piece of artwork,” Trinket enthuses.

It is possible you have already encountered his distinctive street art. Under the cover of darkness, Jimmy Trinket placed his collages on Boundary Street in West End and what he calls his flatpacks, as he assembled the pieces on-site, outside the Queensland Conservatorium where people got to appreciate them for several days.

Now Jimmy Trinket has been gripped by a new adventure; he will be travelling south visiting towns and creating his unique bricolage sculptures from the refuse he discovers in each town he visits. You can see more of Jimmy Trinket’s art on his blog and in an upcoming group exhibition at White Canvas Gallery.

Words by Monika Cox  |   Images by Jimmy Trinket