Happy Happy


Korean artist Choi Jeon-Hwa created these eye-popping hanging sculptures with plastic plastic bins, tubs and bowls he purchased at a 99 Cents Only Store in L.A. His work explores the preciousness of unique objects in a time of mass consumption and reproduction.
See more of Choi's work here.

The Neon Museum



The Neon Museum was established as a non-profit organization in 1996 to collect and exhibit neon signs, the classic Las Vegas art form. Each of the more than 150 signs in the collection can be used to tell a unique story about who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and how it fits into the development of Las Vegas and its rich history.
For more info visit the museum's website.

Street Art


Dan Witz started creating street art when he moved to New York City in the late 1970's. The intention behind his projects has been varied -- aesthetic, socio-political, and personal -- but the motivation has always been to get out of the studio and have fun while making work that's direct and uncompromised.
See more of Dan's work here.

The Kingston Lounge


The Kingston Lounge is a great blog dedicated to “guerrilla preservation and urban archaeology.” Richard Nickel, Jr takes us into the abandoned hallways, rooms, and staircases of state asylums.
Visit Richard's blog here.

A Life Less Ordinary


Holly Farrell is a self-taught still-life painter who is inspired by the simplicity of common things. Simple utilitarian things like chairs, bowls, books, slippers and soap are typically set up in sparse surroundings, against a wall or on a surface.
See more of Holly's work here.

Gobble Wobble


Taking the day off from blogging as I am busy visiting friends and family, see you on Friday!
In the meantime, peruse through the Junkculture archives, and of course...Happy Thanksgiving!

On the Road






This rare and beautiful vintage illustrations are scans from an original Volkswagen dealer logo book of split-window buses. I really like the hand-painted type, colors and layouts of these vehicles.
More illustrations here.

In Flagrante Collecto




In Flagrante Collecto explores and catalogues our impulse to acquire the incidental miscellanea of the past. From author Marilynn Gelfman Karp’s perspective, collecting is a calling, not a choice, and in this book she examines the impulse to acquire and its modus operandi, describing the essential reasons why anyone collects anything from gold coins to fingernail parings.
Click here to explore the book.

Misprinted Type


Misprinted Type has been online since 1998. It is Eduardo Recife's playground! It started at first as a way to simply distribute the fonts he was creating back then. Later on he decided to also post some of his collages and drawings... Today Misprinted Type is where he puts his ideas together, either in the form of a simple text, a collage, a drawing or a typeface. Everything you see here is his personal works and projects.
Visit the website here.

The Art of Moneygami

Folding paper money (money origami) is a fun hobby for both origami and paper model folding enthusiasts.
The subtle genius of  Yosuke Hasegawa's dollar bills lies in the way he incorporates the folds into the facial characteristics of the finished figures.

Beautiful Specimens



A microscope slide was originally a ‘slider’ made of ivory or bone, containing specimens held between disks of transparent mica. These were popular in Victorian England until the Royal Microscopical Society introduced the standardized microscope slide in the form of a thin sheet of glass used to hold objects for examination under a microscope.
More photos here.

Found via the nonist.

Drawing Nostalgia


Everyday scenarios and objects are Christine Berrie's favorite subject matter, she is particularly fond of drawing architecture, old cars, cameras, machines, retro objects, mechanical contraptions, signage & lettering, london scenes and scooters, to name a few.
Visit her Etsy shop here.

Useless Machines


Nik Ramage decribes himself as a mechanical sculptor who makes useless machines and invents contraptions that the world didn't know it needed. Fingers is an eternally tapping copy of the artist’s own hand. At the flick of a switch the resin cast fingers drum rhythmically until switched off.
See more of Nik's work here.

The First Book of Jazz


Cliff Roberts created these hip book illustrations in the 1950's for Langston Hughes The First Book of Jazz.
Check out the Flickr set here.

Fragmented Vision


Glenn Fischer uses materials like paper, vintage textbooks, and magazines to create his work. He is especially drawn to color, imagery and subject matter from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s. In his current work, he is concerned with the interaction of color and pattern and its relationship to movement. Sometimes within the ovals there are images, or fragments of an image. They are scattered throughout the canvas, sometimes forming a narrative and sometimes not. They can feel like a lost deserted object unexpectedly found while walking along a path.
See more of Glenn's work here.

Treasures in the Mundane



Maurizio Pellegrin's installations combine fragments of dissimilar found objects such as old photographs, sporting equipment, tools, and drawings mixed with objects made from stuffed canvas, many of which are unified with a striping pattern, stenciled with numbers, and arranged into compositions on the gallery walls.
See more of Maurizio's work here.

The Beauty of Common Tools


Walker Evans wrote in the 1955 portfolio, Beauties of the Common Tool: "Among low-priced, factory-produced goods, none is so appealing to the senses as the ordinary hand tool. Hence, a hardware store is a kind of offbeat museum show for the man who responds to good, clear “undesigned” forms".  Evans photographed these tools outside of their everyday contexts, transforming them into art objects.
More photos here.

American Dream


Cheryl Molnar creates futuristic landscapes from thin strips of color paper.
Collage, in both its two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms allows her to construct layered landscapes that visually explore pattern, structure and time, as well as nostalgia and other sensibilities created by urban and suburban migration.
See more of Cheryl's work here.

Michael Wolf: The Bastard Chairs of China

"They are not elegant, nor are they always comfortable. But neither are they mass-produced: they are individuals." Michael Wolf’s photographs document the beauty of the ugly, the stretching of time, the art of improvisation, and the nature of the stool as a portrait of its user. Each chair and stool has its own character, is a companion, a bastard, or a venerable elder.

The Art of the Mug Shot


Years ago Chris Crites saw a book of black and white crime photographs from the past and found it amazing. The characters and crime scenes looked like surreal glimpses into the history of human interaction. Much more intriguing for him were the mug shots. He tries to bring new life to these practically discarded portraits of criminal and human history. Using an everyday, disposable item as the surface gives new life to the bag as well. It is his hope to get people thinking about the past, their present, and how we all affect both.
View more of Chris's work here.

Found Object Robots


Fobots (Found Object Robots) are the work of Raleigh, North Carolina artist Amy Flynn. Amy started making robots to fill the time between illustration jobs. Now, it's her passion, as it combines two of her favorite pastimes; making things and shopping. She scours flea markets, basements, internet auctions, and scrapyards for cool old junk. Amy then solders and bolts the pieces together to create sturdy, one-of-a-kind sculptures, never to be duplicated.
For more info visit Amy's site here.

A Love Letter for You: A Public Art Project Consisting of Fifty Text Based Murals

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia native, New York-based artist Stephen Powers, have collaborated to create Love Letter, a public art project consisting of a series of 50 rooftop murals from 45th to 63rd streets along the Market Street corridor. Love Letter, which will be documented in two books, a film, and a gallery exhibition, speaks to all those who have loved and for those who long for a way to express that love to the world around them.

Age of Power and Wonder


Cigarette or tobacco cards began in the mid-19th century as premiums, enclosed in product packaging. Typically, these small cards feature illustrations on one side with related information and advertising text on the other. The height of cigarette card popularity occurred in the early decades of the 20th century, when tobacco companies around the world issued card sets in an encyclopedic range of subjects. After a slump during the First World War, popularity resumed, with new emphasis on film stars, sports, and military topics. Plants, animals, and monuments of the world remained perennially favorite themes.
For more images visit the NYPL Digital Archive here.

Storefronts




JAMES and KARLA MURRAY are professional photographers and authors who specialize in urban and low-light photography using both film and digital formats. Their latest project “STORE FRONT- The Disappearing Face of New York” is an amazing photograph collection of old storefronts in New York City.

Check out this amazing portfolio here.

The Wonder Volume


Tony Fitzpatrick is an American artist born and based in Chicago, his work blends cartoon-like drawings and found images such as baseball cards and matchbooks with poetic or narrative description.
For more info visit http://www.tonyfitzpatrick.com/

Important Artifacts


In Leanne Shapton's marvelously inventive and invented auction catalog, the 325 lots up for auction are what remain from the relationship between Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris. Through photographs of the couple's personal effects -- the usual auction items (jewelry, fine art, and rare furniture) and the seemingly worthless (pajamas, Post-it notes, worn paperbacks) -- the story of a failed love affair vividly (and cleverly) emerges.
More info here.

Abstracted Forms


Robert Stewart, the Scottish designer and artist, was a contemporary of Lucienne Day and one of the few designers she admired. A prolific worker, Stewart produced paintings, tapestries, graphics, ceramics and murals but it is his textile designs that have been the most influential, in particular those produced by Liberty, Pringle and Donald Brothers in the 1950's.
Eight of his designs from the 50's are being digitally reproduced by the Centre for Advanced Textiles and are available for purchase here.

Phone Etiquette


How often you meet folks whose voices delight you! There's something in the way they say almost everything...the inflection, the emphasis, the tone, the timing...that lets you know at once that here is a person who is gracious, sympathetic, understanding and charming!
More images here.

Places of Education


Lissa Rivera is a fine art photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Over the past three years she has been exploring public and private schools, universities, Greek societies, and community colleges in Massachusetts, focusing on the interiors of buildings themselves rather than the students.
You'll find more fascinating images of her work here.

Destination Scrolls



Winter Works on Paper has a wonderful selection of prints inspired by the cloth scrolls originally used to display the 'end of the line' on old buses, trams & subways.
Prints are available for purchase here.

Visual Treats



Christian Northeast loves old print and vintage images, as a kid, he loved Mad magazine, SCTV, Terry Gilliam's animations for Monty Python, and 50's horror/sci-fi movies.  All those things always find their way back into his work.
See more of Christan's work here.

Museum of Wood Types




The Museum of Wood Type was established for the purpose of educating the general public, and the next generation, on the beauties of wood types and engraved blocks. Their mission is to gather, save, preserve, and interpret wood types and information about them.
Visit their site here.

Retro-Tastic Retreat


Welcome Kate's Lazy Meadow, the retro-tastic motel owned by Kate's Pierson of the B-52's. Inside the cozy, rustic cabins you'll find mind-blowing mid-century modern/space age/rocket-your-socks-off decor. The suites are filled with authentic 50s-style kitchens turned out with vintage cabinets, Frigidaires and stoves - all in dazzing colors!
Enter Kate's cabin fever fantsy here.
Found via Lushpad

Matchbox Challenge!


The aim of the International Championship League of Matchbox Stuffers is very simple, pack as many small treasures into a standard sized matchbox as you can!
You can compete for the most items score(I think the record is 60 items) or you can do themed collections. There's no limit to the ways you can play with this matchbox challenge! But if you want to compete on quantity, please follow the rules/guidelines here.
Photo courtesy of Trevira.

Past and Present


Marlo Pascual creates relationships between the artwork, the art space, and the viewer by employing visual and audible devices. In recent sculptures she juxtaposed found photographs and objects with various light sources to create a mise-en-scene for them to play out in. The unknown actors and actress in the images are recast into new roles, with theatrical light sources such as candlelight, fluorescents, and color gels providing dramatic tension.
See more of Marlo's work here.

Grand Ole Bestiary


The Grand Ole Bestiary is a collection of faux-antique, anthropomorphic, mythological curios. Each one carefully recovered from ancient catacombs discovered buried deep inside the molten core of a metaphysical holy mountain.
Touted as one of the most compelling discoveries of evidence that proves an enduring existence of these magnificent "Manimalien" creatures that had long been worshiped and damned by human civilizations throughout history.
Visit the Etsy shop here.

Signs of the Times




The changing face of Nantucket town offers a reflection of the times—a distinct portrait of the culture that blossomed and the people who worked, shopped, strolled, lingered, and conducted the business of their lives in a significant era of Nantucket’s history. The signs—from shops, markets, offices, ephemeral sites, the hospital, hotels, and restaurants—provide a collective memory of the Nantucket community and offer access to people and places half forgotten or never known. They are a window into the past, and a glimpse of the way things were.
More gallery images here.