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Cuprocker: Andy Uprock

Ein Zaun und ein paar bunte Plastikbecker – und fertig ist das Cuprock-Kunstwerk. Und wer hat den neuen Street-Art-Trend erfunden? Der Andy aus Sydney war´s: ” The idea germinated when I was a kid playing soccer and all the kids used to squash their drink bottles and rubbish into the fence. Being quite imaginative as a youngin, I would see the patterns and shapes emerge and would then add more junk to create patterns or words. It wasn’t until a long time afterwards that I got into conversation with good friend ‘n’ fellow artist Tim Moore. We were talking about innovative ideas, art and fences and then….BOOM, it came to me….cups….the perfect geometric shape to fit into a diamond. The great thing about cuprocking is that the fencing I use has natural geometric symmetry, which I can work with to create some out there, intricate patterns and murals. It’s not simple but it is almost limitless in terms of what you can do with it. Inner vision creates apparition.” Via


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  1. While I love this fence (http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2008/02/15/sorry-fence/) I’m not sure how much I love Andy’s work. I absolutely adore the reclamation of fences but I really wish Andy would consider the environmental implications of his work. One of the things Sydneysiders will tell you about Andy’s stuff is that it only takes one big gust of wind and the cups go flying everywhere.

    Sure he recycles cups between projects, but what does that mean? Does he get brand new cups, use them for art, then recycle them? Or does he actually reuse them in different installations? It would be nice to at least see him come up with a strategy to deal with cups flying away.

    I’m not convinced.

  2. Max,

    Agree with Kakariki.
    I like the idea, and in fact it looks great, but all those cups…
    what about those made of cardboard? Yeah, it’s still rubbish, but way more recycle-able. x)

    btw.: love your blog. Really. Love it.

  3. llllllllll,


    it’s “the brainchild of andy uprock”.


    the ‘you are beautiful’-collective has done that in 2003 already, with a positive message instead of the egocentric self portayal like mr. uprock.
    (see http://you-are-beautiful.com/INSTALLATIONS/cupfence1.html ).

    don’t get me wrong, some of the fences look neat, but fuck the attitude, especially when it’s been done before, years ago.

    and i

  4. Tally d,

    Ive ¨seen Uprocks work around sydney and melbourne for the last five years, regardless of who was first i definitely believe in uprocks vision.
    Around early 2004 i was walking in the back alleys of surry hills and saw him put up a piece of poetry in braille for the local blind community ….if that doesnt make you feel in some way better that someone is reaching out to change a part of society then then maybe you should do something yourself.


    Tally D

  5. I don’t mind his work, it’s pretty good – and think he’s a nice guy and everything.

    But calling it his “brainchild” and coining it “cuprocking” for an art style thats been around for ages – is juvenile. I wonder how much of that is him and how much of it is his sponsors Mooks and Vice mag?

  6. cams813,

    In all i think no one has done it as much as him and he has done enough to coin a the term cuprocking …he’s the only one truely doing it bombing style ive lived around sydney and melbourne in 2003 n 2004, i can tell you the amount of pieces i would see on either buses or trains was emmense and if any else is doing it there no way on par with his style..it would be interesting to see some pics then of cup work previous to 2002.


  7. juan,

    what about the guy who took all of these photos! Juan Mon is my name and it took me ages to sort em out so recognise :P


  8. lominos,

    How can you hate on a dude replacing shitty spray can tags with removable colourfull art?. this guys been doin this for years, taking it to mad new levels and filling shitty old fences with brewing colour and syle.

  9. Super Duper Fresh,

    This ‘street art’ stuff is still really a problem isn’t it? Putting aside its real irrelevance in 2008 – I can’t help but wish people were driven by actual ideas rather than obtuse chances at fleeting street art stardom. The work and the artists subsequent attempts at trademarking this supposedly new concept, just read as embarrassing efforts at justifying a press release for any of it.

    Apparently this guy has since put cups in fences for struggling street-wear brand Mooks, for their decidedly unadventurous campaigns, which comes as no surprise, really. Though, what I grapple with is the idea that the driving force behind ‘Street Art’ was historically somewhat antagonistic, its driving force was its ‘anti-establishment’ stance. I wonder what function this genre of graffiti/design/art now serves, what the work currently says (if anything), now that we have found its sole purpose (if not simply vanity) is to partake in the frameworks it still outwardly claims it sets out to fight.

    This article I read recently on Japanese website Tokyo Art Beat is actually a nice comment on the subject.


  10. joe jall,

    i dont think this is about stardom this guy is on his shit he’s been doing it for many years he may now be making some coin from it all all his work for the blind and his strong political message set apart from anything commercial.

    i suggest you take a closer look before getting so uptight


  11. stichit,

    This dude is a total douche bag,have you seen his interviews? He totally stole the cuprocking idea

    Thumbs down

  12. Skin,

    I think that all the “environmentally friendly” art bullshit is way over rated. I like this guy more because he isn’t all like “Hey guys check me out: I’m cool because my art is made of rubbish and can be put in your compost!”.


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