Global Street Food

Mike Meiré's “Global Street Food” is dedicated to the fascination with improvised kitchens in public places. Urban fast food stations navigating the contrast between pragmatic dilettantism and complexity in the smallest of spaces. Meiré collected several objects and street kitchens from different parts of the world in an exhibition depicting the sculptural quality of authentic objects and their cultural identity.
Find out more about the project here.

Unnatural Curiosities


Photographer Mark Andrews' Unnatural Curiosities is a series of still life images composed of an amalgamation of everyday objects arranged into a new context—a context symbolic of our hidden desires, motivations, and anxieties. Each image contains objects gathered from various contexts. Most items have been discarded, lost, or previously hidden. They are then assembled into their own distinctive visual eloquence with the objective to create something greater than their individual meanings.
Find out more about Mark's work here.

Animalloys


"Animalloys" an un-natural history series was released by the Imperial Tobacco Co. The aim of the game is to assemble as many (mismatched) animals as possible from the assorted body parts by clicking the red buttons below the cards. The complete series comprises 16 animals, each in three sections, and by mixing the sections you can produce a large number of strange creatures with amusing names. Beware Animalloys can be very addictive, once you start playing it you will never want to stop!
Play the game here.   

Poetic Functionalism


Piet Hein Eek is not your typical designer. He listens to classical music, hates to travel, doesn’t dress in black, reads books on philosophy and lives and works in a small suburban town. His work is genuinely thoughtful and provocative. The handmade processes he employs and the use of recycled wood and metals  challenges the categories of modern design--blurring the lines between art, design, craft, and industrial production.
See more of Piet's work here.

Paper Architecture

Ingrid Siliakus first discovered paper architecture by seeing work of the originator of this art form Prof. Masahiro Chatani. Paper Architecture is the art of creating an object out of a single piece of paper. Before the final design is finished, something like 20 to 30 (sometimes even more) prototypes are made by Ingrid. To design a pattern from scratch, the artist needs the skills of an architect to create a two-dimensional design, which, with the patience and precision of a surgeon, becomes an ingenious three-dimensional wonder of paper.  
See more of Ingrid's work here.

ABC Chairs

Rotterdam designer Roeland Otten has designed a collection of 26 chairs, each spelling out one letter of the alphabet.Called ABChairs, the seats can be arranged to form words.
Find out more about the project here.

Collections: Camera Nostalgia

John Kratz has collected over 150 cameras and produced a pretty decent photo set of his collection on Flickr.
Check it out here.

Shopping Carts


Artist Taizo Yamamoto is fascinated by shopping carts and their sculptural variation, they’re perpetual works in progress, and his drawings are meant to freeze them as “still lifes”. You begin to see glimpses of how their owner’s live; elements of weather protection (tarps, umbrellas, bubble wrap, sleeping bags), bottle/can currency, and even personalized objects like stuffed animals. No longer a subject that immediately conjures up images of dirt,  the drawings are anything but, these are beautiful, articulate drawings built up over the period of five years.
See more of Taizo's work here.

Reconfigured Typewriters


Tauba Auerbach's artworks reconfigure letters to create word puzzles that lead the viewer to logical but unexpected conclusions. Auerbach often bases her work on these sorts of solvable codes or systems. In one of her works, a series of reconfigured typewriters, she alters the keys so that their letters and symbols no longer correspond to what appears on the paper. The typewriters are painted with clues to the logic of their new operating systems; once each code is cracked, the machine becomes functional again.
Find out more about Tauba's work here.

Peeling Back History

Contemporary artist Titus Kaphar makes oil-on-canvas copies of European and American portrait paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and reconfigures them in strategic ways to create a dialogue about race, art and representation. His work is at once beautiful and halting as he dances between fictional narrative and history.
See more of Titus' work here.

Number of the Day

Number of the Day is a tumblr blog devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of numerals, co-curated by Craig Wills, Randi Hazan and Sarah B.
For more info visit the blog here

Circles

Rick Chapman’s obsession with searching rivers and creeks for spherical rocks fuels his interest in the universal truths symbolically held within their perfect shape. Researching circle themes found in religious iconography, architectural theory and nature’s systems inspired the creation of his series, Circle, over 11 years ago. Chapman studies what is remarkable about the mundane circles and spheres he encounters in everyday life. Whether the objects are found in urban centers or rural landscapes, he explores the universal truths they represent.
See more of Rick's work here.

Lattice Works

Sculptor Barbara Holmes creates these amazing geometric forms out of reclaimed lattice. As a part of her residency at SF Recycling and Disposal, she was given the opportunity to pull from the heaps of trash, take it back to the studio, and make art from the refuse. She uses the lattice pieces as she finds them, breaks and fractures included. She usually organizes the various sticks by length, then she will assemble everything by eye. The pieces are stacked and stapled together in the same manner it was originally constructed, but in a very different form than its previous lattice pattern
Find out more about Barbara's work here and here.

Found via unconsumption

Photographs of Fast Food by Jon Feinstein

Jon Feinstein's "Fast Food" is a typological exploration of  food on its own. Hamburgers, french fries and chicken nuggets are presented on stark black backgrounds stripped of logos, packaging and iconography. These photographs investigate the love/hate relationship that many Americans have with fasy food and, like many other aspects of popular culture, its ability to be simultaneously seductive and repulsive.

Vintage Price Stickers



The Vintage Price Stickers Flickr group celebrates store price stickers from the past. The time has come for us to give respect to these little squares that have helped generations of shoppers not having to ask a store clerk, “How much for this?” Yes, price stickers have been part of our daily lives every time we make a purchase. As society moves more into the age of digital bar coding, the price sticker will soon become a thing of the past. The Vintage Price Stickers group will be part historical archive and part pop art gallery.
You can contributeto the group by sending your own high-res scans.
Click here to see more vintage stickers.

Welcome to Elgin Park!

Elgin Park is an imaginary city set in the 1940's and 50's, originating in the mind of creative genius, Michael Paul Smith. For over 25 years, Michael has been building delightfully detailed scale models. Elgin Park is a collection of 1/24 scale recreations of everyday scenes from mid-20th century America.
Find out more about Michael's work here and here.

Visual Illusions

Over the past years Swiss artis Bernard Voïta has worked almost exclusively in the medium of photography, although the way he does so is often compared to sculpture. Out of simple found objects, Voïta constructs three-dimensional models in his atelier, which he, in a second step, records with his camera. His works do not picture an out-there reality, but an arranged-by-the-artist, complex sculptural design that finds culmination in its photographic depiction.
You can see more of his work here.

Found via It's Nice That

Folk Object Obsession

Sculptor Sandra Mackintosh creates amazing sculptural installations and assemblages using collections of 18th through 20th Century Americana, folk, primitive, industrial and decorative pieces.
The collections are available for purchase through Mackintosh's shop.

Mysterious Pasts

Don Hamerman began collecting these baseballs in the winter of 2004-2005. Discovered in the park near his house where he walks his dog daily, they went unnoticed by others. Abject, rejected and forlorn, their state depended on the season of their discovery. Some hid in the high grass, gutted by lawnmowers, or under leaves, rotting, the leather skins long since decomposed. Covered in ice crystals on a February morning or shrouded in summer moss, they all hinted at mysterious pasts. Although he knew that one day he would photograph the burgeoning collection, most sat along a shelf in his studio for nearly a year before the exploration started. At last, he decided to photograph them above a flat field and with deep depth of focus, revealing, as much as he could, their distinct resumes.
See more of Don's work here.

Between Nature and Culture

Rune Guneriussen is an artist working in the transition between installation and photography. As a conceptual artist he works site specific primarily in nature, but also with more manmade structures. The isolation of objects are turned into installations, most of these are not seen by audience, but only photographed.
Find out more about Rune's work here.

Isotype

The International System Of TYpographic Picture Education (Isotype) was developed by the Viennese social scientist and philosopher Otto Neurath (1882-1945) as a method for visual statistics. Gerd Arntz was the designer tasked with making Isotype’s pictograms and visual signs. Eventually, Arntz designed around 4000 such signs, which symbolized keydata from industry, demographics, politics and economy. Neurath and Arntz made extensive collections of visual statistics in this manner, and their system became a world-wide emulated example of what we now term: infographics.
For more info vist the Gerd Arntz Web Archive here.

Huang Qingjun: Family Stuff

 When Huang Qingjun and Ma Hongjie agreed to collaborate on their project ‘Family Stuff’ in 2005, they knew it would take a while. Aiming to portray rural chinese families and their possesions, they planned this project very much like a long-term expedition. So far, a series of 20 images has been compiled that were exhibited at the 798 Photo Gallery in Beijing in 2007, two pieces were also shown at last year’s Paris Photo. In 2011 the project is scheduled to end with a total of 50 pictures and a book.

Memo Book Archive

The folks at Field Notes have been busy” scanning, cropping and readying selected memo books for their “Vintage Memo Book Gallery” that is on the way. At last count, they were up around 200 examples. Really. That’s a lot. They’re adding new ones to the master archives each Monday morning, once the weekend’s junkin’ routes have been pillaged, sorted and archived.
See more vintage memo books here






Forget Me Not

There's a sense of permanence to the spaces that Leilani Wertens photographs, many of their previous owners were first-time home buyers, who took pride in where they lived. In her exploration of the basements and attics of homes across Chicago and its suburbs, she's discovered interiors that have remained unchanged for decades; here several generations entertained at Tiki bars, wallpapered the ceiling of their bathrooms and selected kitchen design schemes of orange and avocado green.
See more of Leilani's work here.

Reclaimed Trophies

Noah Scalin designed a set of four awards for the Better Housing Coalition (BHC), which builds affordable housing in Richmond. They are entirely made from reclaimed materials and finished with water-based stains and coatings. Each of the four trophies effectively conveyes the spirit of the award. The Creative Collaborator award, for instance, brings to mind a light bulb, signifying creativity. The Changer of Lives award depicts a hand holding a barbell, raising it in a metaphorical expression of improving health and life.
Find out more about the project here.