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."
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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