Iconic Detritus

Roland Hicks’ meticulous hyperrealist paintings are based on extremely mundane objects like rubber bands, thumb tacks and pieces of tape. Hicks' work is a perfect example of how everyday items can be tranformed into objects of iconic beauty.
Find out more about Roland Hicks' works here.

Dollar Store Animals

Minneapolis-based artist Doug Pedersen challenged himself to create a series of sculptures using items purchased from a discount store. So, about 5 or 10 bucks and dozens of man hours later, he wound up with this series of iages made using plastc toy animals and malted crayons. Doug says: "The melted crayons, also from the dollar store, were probably the cheapest crayons ever made and some caught fire instead of melting. So I don’t know that I’d recommend trying it unless you’re outside in a well ventilated area far from man made structures."
Find out more about the project here.

Hair Stories

 
Karin Stack produced "Hair Stories" after  being diagnosed with cancer in 1998. From the chaotic realm of illness and uncertainty, she produced a post-chemotherapy chronicle of hair growth through sequential photos. Not without humor, these life-size photographic self-portraits follow her progress from bald to hairy. Using the ordered language of minimalism and scientific documentation, Karin examines the steady resumption of natural processes and the surprise of new hair growth.
Find out more about the project here.

Pinhegg: The Egg Pinhole Camera

Photographer Francesco Capponi created the egg pinhole camera, with the purpose of shooting just one photograph. The purpose was to sacrifice the camera in the process of photo creation – Francesco wanted the camera to become the photograph. The process from the camera to the photograph is the same that ties the baby bird to the egg: the bird grows protected from the shell and when it's ready breaks it and comes out.
Find out more about the Egg Pinhole Camera here.

Happier Meals

The concept for The Grid's "Happier Meals" project is very simple, give chefs from four restaurants a Big Mac combo meal consisting of a burger, fries, a drink and a lot of condiments, and make them transform it into something that looks like it came from a five-star restaurant. The result is four meals that won’t be seen on a specials menu anytime soon.
Find out more about the project here.

Things: The Takeaway Collection

Established & Sons redesigned fast food containers reference a commonplace object from our on-the-go lifestyle. Folded from sheet metal, these boxes are anything but ordinary. The strength of the medium gives this piece a presence weightier than its function of mere ‘container’. Takeaway highlights that even the simplest seeming object can be captivating in the right circumstances.
Find out more about The Takeway Collection here.

Food Architecture

For his latest series of images photographer Gary Bryan constructed small architectural structures out of wafers. Gary says there is no CGI involved, just retouching, great lighting and delicious wafers.
Find out more about Gary's work here.

Masks

Photographer Patrick Tosani's series titled "Masks" documents starched trousers sculpted to resemble human faces. The pants, stiffened with glue still retain a three-dimensional weightiness exerted by the unusual pose. Though recognizably placed on a surface, to be photographed, they nonetheless "float" seamlessly in space.
Find out more about Patrick's work here.

Furniture Remix


Artist William Stone creates "modified furniture" by manipulating, building and rebuilding salvaged old chairs. These are clever three-dimensional objects with amazing proportions and remarkable craftmanship designed to blur the line between furnishing and art.
Find out more about William's work here.

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Frank Halmans: Built of Books

Dutch artist Frank Halmans creates imaginary buildings by carving windows, stairways and doors out of stacks of vintage books. His objects refer to ‘the home’ as a container of material and intellectual possessions. Home is where you live but also where you accumulate memories and collect all sorts of other things.

Beautiful Machines

 Photographer Kevin Twomey delights in raising the most mundane of objects to an iconic level. Inspired by vintage mechanical calculators from the mid 20th century, Kevin created a series of photographs highlighting the heavy industrial designs of their casings as well as the intricate and complex system of gears and levers that were needed to figure out even basic mathematical equations.

Delft Mortality

 
 
Using the colors and techniques of the great Delft masters artist Charles Krafft creates artworks that are at once alluring and grotesque - infused with fine craftmanship and darkly humorous social commentary. Krafft’s primary technique involves slip cast porcelain and earthenware forms fired at high temperatures. These sculptural objects are then meticulously hand painted and glazed or decorated with ceramic transfer decals before a final firing.
Find out more about Charles' work here.

Cold Cuts

Brooklyn based designer Chen Chen creates experimental products that are both utilitarian and artistic. These Cold Cut Coasters are a collaboration between Chen Chen and Kai Tsien Williams and were created by using various materials made into a log form, which was then cut into unique cross sections.
Find out more about Chen Chen's work here.

Things: The Astro Turf Chair


Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma has partnered with furniture designer Herman Miller to create an Astro Turf version of the iconic Aeron Chair. The chair will be on display at the Herman Miller store in Tokyo this Summer.
Find out more about the chair here.


The Burning House

 
 
If your house was burning, what would you take with you? That's the question anwered by The Burning House blog through photos and lists of what individuals say they’d take from their homes in a fire. It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.
Find out more about the project here.

More Than a Face



Mitsuko Nagone's series 'More Than My Face' explores identity and self expression. Mitsuko intended to create an image of herself through common everyday objects. She says "They are all self-portraits. The human face seems to emphasize “who” a person is and gives some insight about the individual. This may misinform the audience. I would like to challenge the viewer’s misconceptions and stereotypes."
Find out more about Mitsuko's work here.

Waiting Room

 
 
Located within the St. Philips building on Sheffield Street in London, Dominic Wilcox' 'Waiting Room' is an installation created within the old structure to reference the building's history before it's imminent demolition.
Wilcox transformed an abandoned office by removing the colour from every aspect in the room (via white paint) thereby taking away a layer of reality and connection to our world as it moves closer to its imminent destruction.
Find out more about the project here.

Rebecca Stevenson: Carniflora

Rebecca Stevenson's resin sculptures exploit Baroque forms and kitsch subjects to explore issues around consumption, pleasure and desire. Using overtly sentimental subjects, the works are characterised by a fetishistic use of “wounding” and decoration that supplants or corrupts the object’s original meaning. Shifting between the beautiful and the grotesque, the work plays with expectations and assumptions of what constitutes (good and bad) “taste”, both on an aesthetic and sensory level.

Stains

 
Artist Niall McClelland created this series of semi-psychedelic works by binding hardy Japanese papers around used printer cartridges to capture the seepage of the remaining coloured ink. Niall manages to cleverly reuse materials destined for the garbage bin and re-imagines them as organic self determining works of art. The results are nothing short of spectacular.
Find out more about Niall's work here.

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Idan Friedman: Disposable Portraits

For his project titled "Profiles" Israeli-based designer Idan Friedman created a series of historic portrait miniatures embossed on aluminium throw-away trays. His work contemplates our society's shift towards disposable culture and the loss of craftmanship of more traditional art forms.

Mad Masks

 
 
Artist Patrick Lundeen created this amazing series of masks using found pages from vintage Mad Magazines. Through the  manipulation of everyday materials Patrick creates stunning pop culture object which attain an almost shamanistic value. 
Find out more about Patrick's work here.

A Series of Small Collections

 
 

Jessica Naples' photographic collection represents a portrait of a particular person through their belongings. They are private items from the depths of dark drawers, locked suitcases, and hidden boxes. There are pins and needles, purple hearts, pin-up girl matchbooks and Polaroid pictures. Altogether they are time capsules marking different age, interest and personal preference.
Find out more about Jessica's work here.

Dish of the Day

 
For their project titled "Dish of the Day" creative duo Hvass & Hannibal assembled a series of quirky food portraits using bread, various assortments of vegetables and a generous dash of imagination.
Find out more about the project here.