Self-proclaimed junk artist, Gabriel Dishaw, lives up to his name and has a passion for working with junk. However, in Dishaw’s case, one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure, and through Dishaw’s transformation, found metal and mechanical objects such as typewriters, adding machines and computers get a new life. And this month, coinciding with Earth Day, Dishaw transfigures these tech discards into Nike kicks, giving sustainable shoes a whole new meaning. These shoes are currently exhibited at 360SEE Earth Day Show, in Dishaw’s solo exhibition titled “(Not So) New Shoes”.
“(Not So) New Shoes” consists of seven pairs of 1:1 scale reproductions of collectible Nike sneakers crafted not from your usual suede and premium leather, but from recycled computer parts, electronics and found metal. Dishaw recreated some of Nike’s most coveted and iconic models such as the Dunks, the Waffle Racer, Air Jordan, Air Max 90, Air Force 1, Blazer and Vandal. Chips and circuit boards make up the soles and wires make up the laces. These custom sneakers, though definitely not wearable (but that is absolutely subjective), are housed in vintage luggage that Dishaw retrofitted into custom labeled shoebox used for securing the shoes for travel and display.
These wired shoes are currently exhibited at 360SEE Gallery Chicago, and will be running through the end of May.
360SEE Earth Day Show: “(Not So) New Shoes” Sculptures by Gabriel Dishaw
360SEE Gallery Chicago
1924 N. Damen Avenue | Map
Chicago, IL 60647
Event Dates: April 23rd (Friday) – May 31st (Monday)