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.
Artist Yuken Teruya creates stunning tree sculptures out of shopping bags and toilet paper rolls. By using Tiffany, Paul Smith, and fast food shopping bags, he reminds us that we are in a state of consumer over-indulgence, using up natural resources and need to reconnect to nature. Transforming these bags into the magical world that he creates inspires one to run for the nearest forest and take a little walk, spending time with the real thing.
Conceptual artist Nari Ward’s usage of found and re-purposed material focuses less on the narrative of their discarding and instead plays on the ways shapes, scale, and materiality affect our understanding of various tangible as well as intellectual and abstract relationships between objects, institutions, and ideas.
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.
Two different artistic experiences come together in this project. Anatomicfactory’s objects meet Bombo’s illustrations, giving us food for thought on the ambiguity of products that often have a hidden second nature.