Envelopes

For his series Untitled artist Andrew Bush has photographed the backs of various types, sizes and colors of envelopes creating a trompe l’oeil effect in the tradition of Harnett and Peto. Meant to be seen in familial congregations of three or more, each envelope seems to enclose a confidential but undisclosed message. In the late twentieth-century world of electronic communication, Bush's understanding that envelopes, like painted portraits of one's ancestors, will gradually disappear with their untold secrets, is both poignant and prescient.
Find out more about Andrew Bush's work here.

Found via aapc

Objets D'art

Horacio Salinas is a conceptual still life photographer based in New York. His photography has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times and GQ. Salinas has a weird and wonderful way of taking everyday objects and turning them into interesting pieces of art. What I love most about his work is his fresh and clever perspective. 
Find out more about Horacio's work here.

Concrete Stitches

JamesPlumb is Hannah Plumb and James Russel, two artists under one name who work with the overlooked and discarded. For their Concrete Stitches series James and Hannah created a collection of designs using broken and abandoned furniture and making them functional again by casting concrete in, on and around the pieces.
Find out more about JamesPlumb here.

Lori Nix: Apocalyptic Miniatures

Lori Nix has been building dioramas and photographing the results since the early 1990s. Her meticulously crafted models aim to bend the line between truth and illusion. For her latest series "The City", Lori has created a city of the future, where some catastrophic event has emptied the buildings of it's human inhabitants. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats and bars no longer function. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man's encroachment.

Irreversibility

Jonathan Schipper's amazing sculptures are made possible via a system of armatures similar to those one might find within the prehistoric animal exhibits in a natural history museum. They differ in that they are mechanically driven and allow for varying positions of the broken pieces. A system of electronic drives, stepper motors, ballscrews, linear shafts and computer software similar to what one might find in a high-tech assembly plant provides the movement.
Find out more about Jonathan's work here.

Unloved Creations

Artist Angela Rossi tranforms orphaned and unloved antique plates into new modern portraits. Having had a broken heart, broken wings, loose marbles and the such she has discovered that she's much better with a glue gun than a paint brush. Angela tries to be true to the idea's in her head by recycling unloved and forgotten items.
For more info visit Angela's Etsy shop here.

Found via Jenn Ski

Animalarium

Born in Vienna in 1904, Walter Bosse worked in ceramics until the late 1940s when he began to produce countless brass animal miniatures which gained an international following. In the early 1950s Bosse partnered with Herta Baller to produce his objects, which were marked "Baller Austria".
Find out more about Bosse's work here.

Adventures in Better Homes

Men’s adventure magazines appeared on the newsstand next to Better Homes and Gardens in the post-war years through the early 1960’s. The “true,” “real,” and “exotic” adventures peddled a heroic image of manhood, while Better Homes reflected a cool, ordered and insular domesticity. Nadine Boughton's photo-collages represent a collision of these two worlds; a deeper look at the ambiguities, fears and longings of the collective psyche; and the tensions between inside-outside spaces, wildness-domesticity.
Find out more about Nadine's collages here.

Chairchitecture

Comfy Cargo Chair by designer Stephan Schulz is an empty metal frame that you can decorate according to the mood or situation. Part of his final year project at Burg Giebichenstein, Comfy Cargo Chair is not in commercial production yet.
Find out more about Stephan's work here.

Pop! Faces

New York City based duo Joshua Scott and Yee Wong showcase their latest body of work, the POP! Faces series. The series features popular cultural icons who's faces have been crumpled up to show the fragility of fame and the illusion of celebrity culture.
See more photographs here.

Found via It's Nice That

Camera Obscura

Erin Paysse created Engrained in 2009 with the goal of creating beautiful, unique objects. Erin went to school for architecture, but is now shifting her focus to photography and building unique cameras from reclaimed hardback books and old wood cigar boxes. Her cameras are very easy to use and take wonderfully detailed photos.
Check out Erin's Etsy shop for more handmade cameras.

Found via Design*Sponge

The Art of Junk

Artist Bernard Pras was born in 1952 in the south of France. After more than 20 years spent as a painter, and also a sculptor of recycled objects, Pras conceived in 1997, an astonishing form of expression, using photography as a basis for the creation of what amounts to a form of installation art. Pras’ work does not illustrate the painter’s art but the way the eyes view objects. In fact, brush and paint are replaced by the object itself. Bernard Pras' work is created using a technique called anamorphosis, which creates a distorted perspective requiring the viewer to occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image.
Find out more about Bernard's work here.

The Modern Shrine

Sebastian Herkner's Lian table lamp is an atmospherical room light that can also be used as a display or even a shrine. Underneath the glass dome you can highlight, display and save personal favorites, heirlooms, souvenirs and found objects.
Find out more about Sebastian's work here.

The Cabinet of Curiosities

Joe Small's work is a study of the transformation from three-dimensional objects to two-dimensional prints. These photographs explore the topology of a collection, a collection that blends contemporary time with 19th century collecting practices. These ambiguous objects are metaphoric creations that express his fears and desires of not only death but also life.
Find out more about Joe's work here

Memento Mori

Nick Strank's art practice deals with cast and fabricated bronze forms. He has recently concentrated on casting obsolete technologies, such as early mobile phones, cameras and office equipment. These sculptures, although cast from the original objects; retain the evidence of the casting process. The still recognisable obsolescent objects are transformed taking on a new permanence and inherent value.
See more of Nick's work here.

Designs of the Land

Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs have captured the evolution of the American landscape and the complex relationship between its natural and constructed environments that contribute to climate change. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the density challenge facing the United States. 
Find out more about Alex's work here.

Little Wonders


Brooklyn miniaturist Jason D'Aquino creates his artwork on an incredibly small scale, many works not exceeding one inch by one inch in dimension. D'aquino chooses to work on found surfaces such as vintage matchbooks and antique ledger pages. In his hands, these common discarded objects are elevated to
fine art.
Find out more about Jason's work here.

Ellen Urselmann: Glass Works

 Glass master sculptor, Ellen Urselmann creates amazing glass sculptures using found objects. By combining different materials, such as glass-slides, wood and doll parts, she emphasises the emotional effect of those specific materials and objects. She carefully collects and chooses items, and then joins them together to create 'conversations'.

Polyhedrons and Polytopes

Magnus Wenninger is an 89 year old monk, mathematician, and builder of polyhedrons. The American Math Society calls him “a pioneer in the mathematical art community, whose models of polyhedra have inspired a new generation of artists.” Everyone else just calls him Father.
Find out more about Magnus' work here.
 
Found via It's Nice That

Miniature Icons

Vitra's collection of miniature chair design classics comes to life in a photography portfolio by Wyne Veen.  Dutch still life photographer Wyne Veen often portrays ordinary objects arranged in a mute oddness. Devoid of excess, the sensuous depiction of otherwise unseen objects bathes them with charismatic elegance and underlines the futility of beauty and the relative nature of vanity.
Find out more about Wyne's work here.

Toy Giants

Meeting the collector Selim Varol and seeing his more than 10,000 toy figures inspired artist duo Daniel and Geo Fuchs to create their latest photo series: »Toygiants«. Following the successful exhibition in the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich in 2006, which predominantly showed political characters, this lavishly designed picture series offers a unique insight into the wide range of extraordinary plastic »heroes« and fantasy figures.
Find out more info about Toygiants here.

The Good Life

Bill Barminski is a self taught artist whose work extends across a broad range of mediums including painting, interactive media, music videos, graphic design and music. Starting in the mid 1980’s Barminski began painting and drew his subject matter from classic advertising from the 50’ 60’s and 70’s. His paintings are visually colorful and exhibit a strong graphic sense that informs the content which addresses mass media and consumer culture in an ironic manner.
Find out more about Bill's work here.

Wordplay

Jack Pierson is a multi media artist from Massachusetts who explores the mediums of photography, sculpture, collage and painting. He is known for his sculptures and installations involving text, which often recall the neon signs used to advertise goods or services on storefronts. The distinctly American nature of the signage he uses references road-side ephemera and American cultural symbolism, and is imbued with poignancy and disillusionment.
Find out more about Jack's work here

The Human Trace

London-based photographer Laura Blight has produced a series of photographs using house clearances as her primary subject. In the majority of cases the owner/tenant of the property has passed away, leaving only traces of human occupation behind. Indeed it is the very absence of human activity that provokes our curiosity, intrigue and a strong sense of narrative.
Find out more about Laura's work here.