Micromachina

 
 
Scott Bain's series "Micromachina" examines what makes the insect world tick, and considers our attempts to control nature and the consequences. This exhibition experiments using real taxidermy beetles as mechanised shells, to show how we mistreat our fellow inhabitants, forcing them to do our will. When the planet’s soul is gone, all that’s left is cogs and pipes. You won’t see insects like these on the Discovery Channel.
Find out more about Scott's work here.

Bottle Cap Sculptures

 
Fluxus artist Jamie Newton created a series of sculptural experiments using bottle caps, concrete and found objects. The tiny sculptures come complete with a carrying case and index sheets.
Find out more about Jamie's project here.

Ugly Ducklings

  
 
 
Artist Amy Mahnick uses discarded containers and packaging materials, and turns them into sculptures that set the stage for her still-life paintings. She brings these discarded objects to life with vibrant colors and extreme attention to detail, giving meaning and purpose to something that was overlooked and unwanted. Amy's paintings are post-consumer fairy tales, Ugly Duckling stories.
Find out more about Amy's work here.

Life Strategies


 
By re-fashioning house wares and pharmaceuticals in candy-colored glass, artist Silvia Levenson creates a dark and comic vision of modern home life. The pastel colors used by Levenson for her sculptures convey a certain idea of calm and relaxation, in contrast to the disturbing messages etched in the glass.
Find out more about Silvia's work here.

Eye Candy

 

Craig Kanarick has been collecting and photographing candy for over 15 years. He selects them, sorts them, and submits them to the up-close-and-personal gaze of his camera lensHis extremely detailed photographic portraits of candy force us to look at common confections in a whole new way.
Find out more about Craig's work here.

Deconstructing Barbie

 
 
New York based jewelry designer Margaux Lange uses second hand Barbie body parts in combination with sterling silver and pigmented resins to assemble her one of a kind creations. The jewelry collection is a result of Lange’s desire to re-purpose mass-produced materials into handmade, wearable art. It is meant to examine and celebrate her own as well as pop culture’s relationship with the icon known simply as Barbie.
Find out more about her work here.

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Things: Repurposed Toy Planters

Megan Briggs and Ian Mailhot of Plaid Pigeon create these one-of-a-kind planters using recycled plastic toy animals. Plaid Pigeon’s planters are like Chia Pets, but with a much cooler, more modern twist.
Visit the Plaid Pigeon's Etsy shop here.

Grandma's Drawers

 
 
For his project, "Grandma's Drawers", photographer Francois Trezin created a series of conceptual photographs, based on the random objects found at his grandmother's house: "The content of a drawer and its organization is something that's always changing by its nature. I accelerate this natural process during the course of the installation, taking a few hours to apply my own vision onto this little world, before putting everything back in its original place."
Find out more about the project here.

Autojumble

 
Artist Jeremy Dickinson creates meticulously painted hyper-realistic collections of toy vehicles from his childhood. Jeremy's work focuses on his passion for transportation, whether it is the paintings of toy buses in miniature junkyards, shipping containers on a dockside, or larger scale works in which whole collections of vehicles are sorted into groups according to their country of origin or contrasting colours.
Find out more about Jeremy's work here.

Abused

Montreal based artist Laurent Craste creates beautiful pottery sculptures that have been stabbed, hacked and bludgeoned. At first glance his work my appear to be about violence and vandalism; however Laurent makes it clear, it's more an attempt to transorm an act of destruction in an act of creation.
Find out more about Laurent's work here.

The Presidential Ham

  
Oregon artist Bijijoo has been painting pictures of U.S. presidents holding a giant, pink piece of ham since 2006. The forty-three portraits are composed of oil painted on panel, and are varnished, matted, and framed in handmade wooden frames. The portraits serve to commemorate the personalities, historical narratives, and legacies of the presidents. Such a presidential tableau may spark a sense of curiosity and patriotism in even the most hardened of hearts.
Find out more about Bijijoo's work here.

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Kevin Van Aelst: Small Interventions

 Kevin Van Aelst's work consists of common artifacts, materials, and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged and reassembled into various forms, patterns, and illustrations. The images aim to examine the distance between where my mind wanders to and the material objects that inspire those fixations. Kevin'swork is about creating order where we expect to find randomness, and also hints that the minutiae all around us is capable of communicating much larger ideas.

The House in the Painting

 
Artist Sun Young Byun creates beautiful, brightly coloured paintings of two-dimensional interiors decorated with everyday items of Western and Eastern provenance placed before daintily patterned wallpaper.  Sun Young's paintings are a reflection of the cultural influences and social structures that manifest in our personal sphere.
Find out more about Sun Young's work here.

Things: Hanging Earrings

 
Designer Rita Botelho created a collection of earrings which takes advantage of a silver wire hook as the main element to tell a story. By using miniature figures hung on the wire, it becomes possible to create imaginary scenarios.
Find out more about Rita's work here.

Papers

Artist Enrique Campuzano's "Papers" series was inspired by a simple theme, light reflected through groupings of luminous, multi-colored silk papers. This theme in the hands of this talented painter becomes a vehicle for the study of light and color, focusing on the magic of vision and celebrating our light filled world.
Find out more about Enrique's work here.

Back to the Future

For her series titled "Back to the Future" Buenos Aires based photographer Irina Werning recreated extremely accurate up-to-date versions of people's childhood photos. The results are nostalgic and charming, illustrating how little a person changes over the course of their life. 
Find out more about Irina's project here.


99 Bottle Caps

William Legoullon's "99 Bottle Caps" is a photographic collection of bottle caps found at screens 5 and 6 of the Scottsdale Century Six Drive-In. Each bottle was consumed by an individual and therefore each cap symbolizes a fragment of people's Drive-In experience. The bottle caps represent artifacts associated with personal experience, physical existence and an ever-evolving narrative within the Drive-In enviroment.
Find out more about William's work here.

Memorandums

Artist Allison Freeman collects office supplies – interoffice envelopes, vouchers, receipts, blank inventories – and paints them. Not paint on them, but portrayes them on canvas or slate. The marked up pages of lined paper become an alternative alphabet, a series of pictograph-like marks, which combine the trace of a recognizable letter with the mark that intends to
efface it.
Find out more about Allison's work here.

Urban Jungle

Francois Trezin's latest project titled "Bottom of the Trees" is a series of photographs documenting how people transform public space in front of their houses. In Sapporo, Japan, the main city of Hokkaido, the bottom of the trees are usually decorated with plants and flowers by people living around. Sometimes messy, sometimes unbalanced, sometimes crowded, each tree has a different world, a different mind, and a different personality at the bottom of it.
Find out more about Francois' work here.

Things: The Heart Machine

 Just in time for Valentine's Day! Created by Martin Smith for Laikingland, the Heart Machine was designed to demand the attention of the one you love.

The Crystal Time


Artist Claire Pestaille carefully manipulates images of women taken from found photographs from the 1920's and 30's. The replicated image is reassembled within the format of a grid or view finder multiplying and removing contents from the original in order to produce a fractured circuit or a simultaneous double. The images from Pestaille's  "The Crystal Time" series are dreams or recollections where there becomes a cross over or blurring of actual and virtual, past and present, where the real and imaginary exist within the same world.

Find out more about Claire's work here.

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Disassembled

As part of his new "Disassembly" project, artist Todd McLellan disassembled and photographed all sorts of everyday objects and gadgets. The series shows a telephone, an alarm clock, a camera and a typewriter, each taken apart and photographed to display the internal parts that we rarely see.
Find out more about Todd's work here.

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