Giving unwanted materials a new purpose and shape is the great talent of Sayaka Ganz. Even though she was born in Japan, she lived her life in many different countries, but never forgot her roots and the Japanese Shinto beliefs, which say, „ All objects and organisms have spirits“. Taking that as starting point, her [...]
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s both! Lloyd Godman and his marvellous flying gardens are going to be suspended across the Northbank skyline of Melbourne for an entire year. Lloyd has been developing artistic uses for gardens that don’t need much rain, any soil, and can withstand extreme climatic conditions – [...]
We are told on a daily basis to recycle and reuse and one Ohio based artist has done just that. Mark Langan takes supplies from his trash and the neighbourhood, reusing cardboard and reclaimed materials in order to create his art. Corrugated Art, as named by Langan, uses a material for which it was not purportedly [...]
Maria Papadimitriou has taken upcycling to another level with her jewellery label, Plastic Seconds. The London-based designer creates ‘recycled adornments’ out of seemingly useless bits of plastic. Her range includes pen lid earrings, bottle top fascinators, and necklaces made of those little fish bottles that come with sushi. The result is always very striking and [...]
Robert Mckirdie’s work explores technology and the change that occurs as that new technology moves from the physical to more ephemeral roles in peoples’ daily lives. He synthesizes these ideas by mining the waste of society as it plows forward searching for fossils of past technology. In his work, everything is exposed, and all is seen.
My most recent sculptures are made with reclaimed materials, like old barn wood, found metal, and fieldstones. I’m interested in making objects that function in some way, but have no prosaic or practical purpose. In my work, I’m trying to practice some sort of ‘low level alchemy’, transforming reclaimed materials into something new but nebulous at the same time.
It’s always great to see used objects get a second life. It’s even better when that second life involves them being transformed into a giant canvas for talented artists to go to town on. Enter The Boneyard Project, a rad project salvaging old wrecks of aeroplanes and letting artists breath new life into their dusty shells.
Niall McClelland takes the everyday and flips it on its ear for some truly stunning effects. Using media such as Xerox copies, chain link fencing, printer cartridge ink and random street detritus, you wouldn’t expect to find a final product as stunningly beautiful as his.
What do you do with 260,000 car keys? What about 29,000 credit cards? Chris Jordan creates breathtaking images with thousands of tiny products. His creations are shocking and sometimes disturbing, always to attract attention to a social cause.
Troy Dugas creates his artwork out of vintage product labels that he purchases in bundles. Intricately cutting, layering, and arranging them into patterns, mandalas, and icon-like representational images, his work has a spiritual fervor to them that perhaps hints at our current devotion to the consumerist/capitalist paradigm.
Don’t know what to do with your old “rabbit” or “beetle”? Well, why not turn it into a cow? That’s at least what Miina Akkyjyrkka would do. Miina is an artist from Finland who enjoys recycling car parts artistically and turn them into cows. Very strange, but also very cool.
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.
Some people have way too much time on their hands. Or perhaps they’re just bursting with ideas. Whatever. Our friends over at io9 gave artist Faith Pearson some empty ink cartridges and left her to work her magic with them. Which she did, in the somewhat inspirational shape of this Trekkie masterpiece. Yes, beam her up, Scotty.
I can imagine that if eighteenth century portraiture had been shown the same way as Kim Alsbrook’s newest series, White Trash. My college art history classes would have been much more exciting. Yup, nothing says irony like crushed beer cans painted with the portraits of the social elite.