Pallet Masks

Israeli designer Yaacov Kaufman has created a series of masks made from industrial chipboad pallets. Molded shapes are joined together using metal rings and rubber bands to create masks with exaggerated facial expressions. Facial features are decorated with additional elements such as staples and grommets.
Find out more about the project here.

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The Illusion of Clutter

Tejo Remy's chest of drawers had its première in 1991 and has since become a true Droog classic, an icon of conceptual design collected by museums such as MoMA and Museum of Art and Design in New York. A criticism on consumerism, Tejo collected found drawers, gave them new enclosures and loosely bundled them into a chest. His pioneering vision was to make one’s own paradise with what one encounters, as Robinson Crusoë did on his island.
Find out more about Droog Studio here.

Black Boxes

 Extending from AirCraft: The Jet as Art, photographer Jeffrey Milstein begun photographing black box flight recorders. Some recorders survive in pristine condition, while others reveal the signs of the tragedy that brought them into collision with the earth or sea.

Scratching the Surface

Artist Michael Fitts paints on found scrap metal using a highly effective photorealistic technique. He prefers to use scrap pieces that have markings, distressed paint or dents and scratches that were produced before he discovered the piece. The subjects he paints draw from the most generic of popular culture objects with an emphasis on objects that are used once, then discarded and quickly forgotten.
 Find out more about Michael's work here.

Ex Libris

For their latest collaborative project artist Mia Cabana and her boyfriend, photographer Oliver Scott Snure took out of circulation library books and transformed them into three-dimensional objects by using dollhouse furniture and flea market treasures.
For more info about the project visit Oliver's website.

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The Moving Image

Using a highly effective photorealistic technique, collaborative painters David McDermott and Peter McGough channel sixties-era glamour, focusing on female screen icons—Susan Hayward, Lana Turner and Claudia Cardinale among them. The moving image, especially significant with the introduction of black and white T.V. and, subsequently, color movies, was a defining medium of the early 1960s. McDermott & McGough reproduce single frames of moving film on two-dimensional surfaces of painted canvas, thus freezing the image’s original identity and repositioning its impact.
Find out more about McDermott & McGough's work here.

Collections: In The Palm Of Your Hand

Dexterity puzzles - also known as palm puzzles, games of skill and hand-held games - have been a source of fascination for adults and children since the Nineteenth Century. Whether straightforward or tricky, dexterity puzzles are objects of popular culture, as reflections of history, as advertisements, illustrations and graphic design they are a rich and revealing world. In The Palm Of Your Hand features Barbara Levine's collection of dexterity puzzles from around the globe, dating from the earliest fads of the 1880's to the precursors of today's electronic hand-held games.
Find out more about Barbara's dexterity puzzles collection here.

Portrait of a Serial Collector

German artist Thorsten Brinkmann “tangles with a modern-day caveman’s dreams. Unable to resist the allure of dumped urban detritus, this German artist recomposes and intervenes in the trash to scrap cycle to come up with installations, videos or photos such as portraits and still lifes.” Quote via DAMN magazine.
Find out more about Thorsten's work here.

Books: 50 Sad Chairs by Bill Keaggy

Today we're kicking off our new special features section of the blog with our first official book selection! In 50 compelling color images, photographer and serial anthropomorphizer Bill Keaggy takes a peek inside the cruel and unforgiving world of St. Louis, Missouri's abandoned, abused and neglected chairs. Found in back alleys all over the city, these chairs live out their last days on mean streets, forsaken by their owners and forgotten by society.
Until now.
Find out more about the book here.

Thanks MKTG for pointing us to this awesome book.

One Idea a Day

Matteo Sangalli and Erika Zorzi, two young Italian designers are running a tumblr blog called 01 Mathery on which they showcase a DIY idea every day. Most of the inventions are created using common household objects and are wonderfully ingenuous and simple. 
Find out more about the blog here

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Las Vegas Carpets

Chris Maluszynski has spent four years photographing the intricately patterned carpeting that winds through the insides of Las Vegas' casinos. Maluszynski explains how the carpets reflect and extend a sense of one place's unnerving energy: "Vegas is I feel the most surreal place in the world. In the middle of the desert you have this huge neon-lit metropolis, which is bizarre in itself. Everywhere you look when you are on The Strip or Downtown there are flashing lights to mesmerise you. I found myself trying to give my eyes a rest from the chaos by looking at the floor, but there is no respite even there..."
Find out more about Chris' work here.

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Map Works

Artist Matthew Cusick creates elaborate collages using discarded roadmaps. Lots of people use maps as source material for collages and paintings, but few do it as well as Matthew Cusick. The Dallas-based artist uses the lines and grids with their varying densities to create depth and values, resulting in stunningly textured images and portraits.
Find out more about Matthew's work here.

Satellite Collections

Artist Jenny Odell created these prints by collecting or repeating samples she found on Google Satellite. It was definitely worth the effort of spending hours and hours obsessively clicking-and-dragging, because the results are amazing!
Find out more about Jenny's work here.

Separations

Born in Knoxville, TN, Ben Innes now works, eats and sleeps in Minneapolis, MN. For his "Separations"  series, Ben focused on disused electronics, and flora and fauna, pulling them apart and arranging the piece-by-piece, resulting in a collection of magnificent mobile-like structures.
Find out more about Ben's work here.

Alphabattle

AlphaBattle is a bit of a misnomer. There are no actual battles, no talkin’ trash, no smokin’ fools, no winners, no losers—just an opportunity to express yourself with Custom Letters among some like-minded peers. Drout 750, aka Paul O’Sullivan, started AlphaBattle last year as a weekly challenge to create an image based off the alphabet. They’ll start with A, do a new letter every two weeks, and finish with Z, about this time in 2011. Fifty-two weeks, twenty-six letters.
Find out more info about AlphaBattle here.

Serial Arrangements

New England artist Matthew Northridge works employ found, often industrial material in repetitive, serial arrengements. Whether composed of variable units in real space or networks on paper, rules are decided and a system developed from many parts. Much is borrowed from popular printed material (magazines, books, advertisements and packaging), where each element carries some of its previous meaning, language, and history. Excised from its original source, a fragment is combined with others to create a subjective framework, rooted in the act of collecting and cataloging.
Find out more about Matthew's work here.

Shut It!

Photographer Alan Powdrill has always been interested in the surreal and frankly bonkers world of the ventriloquist, especially the mute half of the double act, the real stars of the show! His latest personal project "Shut It!"  gives a new ‘life’ to these much forgotten dolls from an age that’s a million miles from today’s Television. 
Find out more about Alan's work here.

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Paper Mountains

For his series titled “Paper Mountains,” NY-based photographer Brendan Austin used paint and crinkly paper to create miniature mountains. He then photographed his creations to alarming realistic effects. Austin shows us the intricacy that lies within the sort of things we see, make, and discard on a daily basis; he reminds us of the tremendous aesthetic potential of basic art-making tools.

12 Rooms

Photographer Jeremy Blakeslee grew up in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by trees and fields, and maybe because of that bucolic setting ultimately found himself drawn to the contrast of industrial structures. His "12 Rooms" series is just that, 12 rooms being documented as-is, in a straight-forward and repetitive composition.
Find out more about Jeremy's work here.

Abigail Reynolds: The Universal Now

Artist Abigail Reynolds creates collages using imagery sourced from publications such as guide books and atlases, combining photographs of landscapes or monuments, enmeshing them together. In the process of splicing and joining the images, cuts are made into the printed surface and the paper is folded and pushed upwards and outwards, creating a three dimensional object, a grid-like construction that changes and moves with the perspective of the viewer.

Banana Boats


Danish artist Jacob Dahlstrup has gone bananas! He recently launched a fleet of Banana Boats across the north sea to conquer the exhibition space at the Shoreditch Town Hall in London.
Find out more about Jacob's work here.

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Polaroid Composites


Graphic designer and photographer Patrick Winfield creates these dynamic visual composites using upwards of 40 Polaroids per collage. The visual language deals with figure studies, landscapes, still life and a fusion of all three that combines photography with photogram techniques.
Find out more about Patrick's work here.

Beautiful Obsession

Susan Jane Belton continues her consuming interest in logo-emblazoned, take-out coffee cups by lovingly rendering studio portraits of these contemporary icons.
Find out more about Susan's work here.