Taking objects that would otherwise be discarded, Amy Mahnick uses found materials such as plastic bottles, packaging tape and milk cartons and then fashions these items into exquisite, three dimensional sculptures. Afterward, the sculptures become subjects for beautifully crafted paintings. The result gives a fresh meaning to the idea of still life.
There’s definitely no shortage of junk in the world, so it’s great that people like Kenneth Armstrong are re-purposing it all into functional items such as clocks, handbags, briefcases, and furniture.
Kevin Titzer’s creepy little people and creatures — sculpted out of wood, inlayed metal, woven and sewn elements, and various pieces of junk — definitely crawled out of some unresolved childhood fever dream. Check out his work currently at Goldesberry Gallery in Houston.
Junk art often evokes nostalgia — a vintage refrigerator door used in a sculpture can suggest loss, passage of time, and distant memories. By using hubcaps from more recent car models, however, British artist Ptolemy Elrington creates futuristic-looking creatures that look like the exoskeletons of hi-tech robots.
Baltimore-based artist Emily C-D assembles gorgeous, colorful installations and sculptures out of rusted metal, discarded machinery, old snow shovels, and whatever discarded junk she can find, wiring it all together mostly with found materials. She often incorporates painterly components to these pieces, channeling her abilities as an illustrator to add little flourishes — stylized figures, flowers, butterflies, and abstract textures and shapes — to change the nature of the dangerously gnarled materials she works with. C-D also works in inner-city communities around the city, often collaborating with children to create similarly motley murals that often spill off the walls onto the streets and pavement.
This design by Gabriel Dishaw is an original creation constructed from little more than old junk such as adding machines, typewriters, and computer parts bound together using wire.