Michael Johansson is fascinated by flea markets. Walking around to find doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless, objects he has already purchased at another flea market, is not only an inquisitive activity for him but part of his working process. The rules compelling him in selecting things at flea markets are also central to his art practice. Engaging directly with these objects, manipulating them, juxtaposing them against each other or representing them in a new context is his method of work.
Bernd and Hilla Becher first collaborated on photographing and documenting the disappearing German industrial architecture in 1959, and had their first Gallery exhibition in 1963. They were fascinated by the similar shapes in which certain buildings were designed. These images of structures with similar functions were then displayed side by side to invite viewers to compare their forms and designs. These structures included barns, water towers, storage silos, and warehouses.
Using a combination of found utensils and apparatus to create his works, Dicky Graham recreates a family of animals that peer through eyes of light bulbs, that pull tongues with the finger tips of red gloves and walk along with the keys of old piano’s. His Character-filled works nod to Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades and also reveal the idiosyncrasies of objects in our everyday lives through their imperceptible and overlooked details.
In the spirit of the art printers of 19th century Europe, leveraging the most advanced - modern digital imaging methods, Transmission Atelier is a publisher and a fine art printmaker producing superior quality art and photo editions. Based in Chicago, the Studio works with artists, galleries, museums, dealers and collectors.
Visit their online shop here.
I just stumbled upon this site featuring the work of Hungarian graphic designer, Paul Gabor. This collection of his designs from 1930 to 1956, is chock full of gorgeous vintage advertising ephemera and most of it looks like current graphic designs that I love.
While in residence at the Baltimore Museum of Industry during the last two years, Catherine Wagner was given access to their 50,000+ collection of historic light bulbs. The resulting series of photographs titled A Narrative History of the Light Bulb embodies both sculptural installation and photography. Wagner creates arrangements of bulbs that she then photographs with an 8 by 10 view camera in order to record the glass enclosures and the delicate filaments in stunning detail.
Anu Tuominen is a collector, an avid visitor to flea markets, a dumpster diver. She walks on the seashore, searching for tiny treasures. She stores the things she finds in her home until some day they might become art. "Wherever I go, I see interesting details and entities worth studying and thinking about. I notice things that never occurred to me before, whose existence I never suspected. Every day brings me the joy of discovering treasures."
Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism.
Eine specialises in massive workings of letters across shop fronts. Most people who stop him when he is painting the letters on the shutters are happy to have finally met the “letter man.” Sometimes he gets asked if he would paint their shops and so far no one has punched him on the side of the head.
Recording engineer and music producer Michael Jack has amassed an amazing collection of 1,100 transistor radios including the world’s first transistor radio- the Regency TR-1, The extremely rare Sony TR-5 (a re-design of Sony’s very first radio ever) plus many classic “Made in the U.S.A.” sets and the best of “Made in Japan”.
You can check out his gi-normous Flickr Pool here.
Bryan Schutmaat hails from Texas. He likes to photograph vacant landscapes, buildings and interiors that seem aged (or timeless), and places without brand names and where light functions well. Places that seem devoid of distraction facilitate his process, which is often times an effort to simplify what he sees.
When Michael Lebowitz's grandfather passed away last year, his family gathered to go through all his belongings. He had been in the foreign service and he had filled a whole wall of his study with hotel door hangers from all his travels throughout the world.
Cigpapers.co.uk is a catalogue of cigarette rolling papers designed as an aid to collectors. The motivation for this site arose due to the lack of any significant resources where such items can be identified, displayed, dated and other information realised. Here you will find some amazing examples of vintage cover art.
Lost Found Art is a unique design company that specializes in sculptural installations and assemblages using antique and vintage pieces. Their works are created with an eye to scale, balance, color and surface interest, and the end result is a strong visual statement that combines artistic statement, whimsy, form and uniqueness.
Nicolas Flachot has been exploring all the antique fairs and flea markets for years. The quest for shop signs has even turned to an addictive and compulsive hobby for this industrial art lover, to such an extent that he decided to launch his own decoration brand.
The trigger was when he found at Saint-Ouen flea market the three letters of his daughter’s name, Lou. Then Kidimo was launched!
Kidimo consists of a range of words made of zinc, Bakelite or wood letters. Initially part of shop signs, these letters are turned away from their basic purpose and gathered to rewrite a new story in your own interior.
Visit the website here.
Peter Anton likes to alter and overstate foods to give them new meanings. He has an innate reverence for the things we eat. Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life. Through the use of humor, scale, irony, and intensity in his forms, the foods we take for granted become aesthetically pleasing and seductive in atypical ways. He likes to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise.
The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.
Visit the MOBA online.
House numbers are everywhere, but are seldom seen as designed objects. Medium Studio invited 10 typographers and graphic designers from different backgrounds, countries and ages to design a house number between 1 and 9.
Marrigje De Maar has been taking pictures of interiors since 2002. In the beginning she worked in worn out, rejected buildings, later she concentrated on private homes.
Interiors tell stories about people. In public space people follow the global trends and fashions. In their homes they tend to make other choices. The private space is the only place where we are ourselves.The personal story is told inside the privacy of our home.
More photos here.
Morbid Anatomy is a project begun in 2007 to survey the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture. The Morbid Anatomy Library houses the ever-growing collection of books, catalogs, photographs, articles, ephemera and artifacts as source material for the ongoing Morbid Anatomy endeavor.
For more info visit the blog.
Trainspotters are dealers in selective architectural salvage & period decorative items, focusing on 20th Century lighting and reclaimed industrial design. Their stock includes period and industrial lighting, clocks, posters, industrial salvage, medicalia, railwayana, furniture and an array of unusual antique curiosities and one-off finds.
Dan Planko likes to create objects that make people smile. The idea for the Rewilderness Project came when he saw these old hunting trophies at his cousin's home in Slovenia. He decided to make the trophy heads using salvaged bits of lamps and furniture parts.
The peg is a simple object - usually made of up of three parts - plain and with a clear defined purpose.
For that reason it is fascinating to observe the endless variations on such a simple basic concept.
The exhibition from the collections of yoav ziv and gad charny, contains nearly 300 pegs, old and new, from all over the world.
Read the entire article here.
Karen Ryan damages second hand plates and removes the decorative patterns that camouflage our everyday lies, in its place she leave words that prick our conscience and create portraits of hidden domestics left open for others to interpret.
War effort made plastics industry boom. Many new materials developed just previous to war were fundamental in war effort like Nylon, Acrylic, Polyester and Synthetic Rubbers. After 1945 the market was flooded with plastic goods due to the inflated capacity of the industry. Plastics are the materials of choice for the Consumerist culture as it evolved from the 1940s on.
This photo-series by design studio Raw Color plays with the perception of stuffed birds.
These animals led their life and are now nothing more than an image of themselves. They are no longer flying or whistling. Masked by their former voice they are revealing themselves in a different view.
Through a mix of color, letters and image the series evolves to an universal form of language.
More images here.
Velveteria is a museum in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the art of velvet paintings. They have over 2000 velvet paintings in their collection. They rotate a display of around 350 paintings for public viewing.
Chris Gilmour, an English artist based in Italy, re-creates objects and machines using only packing cardboard and glue. His exceptional sculptures require lots of concentration, patience and time, but the results are amazing!
You'll find more fascinating images of his work on his website.
QSL cards are personalized postcards that were used as a record of contact between CB radio (and other two-way radio) operators. Think of them as a proto-internet, a social network made of sound and paper. They are a little bit postcard, a little bit cartoon, a little bit mail art, a little bit folk art, a little bit outsider/naive art, a little bit ephemera.
Click here to see more cards from a private collection on Flickr.