Masks

Brushes, brooms, cleavers and scissors. These are just some of the everyday objects transformed into enigmatic masks by French architect and designer Thierry Despont. Despont himself describes his process for creating the Masks, "As I wander the streets of our cities I keep humbling across weird and discarded objects, old tools abandoned in the dark corners of foreign shops. The objects speak to me. I take them to my studio where I lay them down on old cutting boards found in a Parisian flea market. Suddenly a mask or a face appears."

Let Them Sit Cake

Using nearly four and half tons of flour as well as 120 litres of fake chocolate icing architect Dejana Kabiljo created a quirky oversized cake in the shape of a most comfortable sofa for Beijing Design Week. The squishy icing is made from a polyol sponge that, unlike real chocolate, does not melt when touched. In times of uncertainty and crisis, ‘LetThemSitCake!’ offers a moment of sweetness, indulgence and joy.”

Embroidered X-Rays

Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia- based artist who creates embroidered x-rays. The stark clash of two such divergent materials, cloth and plastic, is the simple catalyst. Matthew explains, "For me, stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action, while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional. As an artist who takes on tedious, labor-intensive projects, I am also reacting to the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art – by introducing the process of labor over the quick, slickness of film.

I'm an Artist and I Weigh

As they say in pro-wrestling, “The bigger you are, the better you are.” Does an artist’s, like a weight-lifter’s, value depend on his or her physical mass? For her project titled "I'm an Artist and I Weigh", Toronto-based artist Faye Mullen created a series of portraits of fellow artists paired with objects that weigh an equal amount to them. The photographic series deals with themes of the artists’ value in culture and the composition of physical mass.

Video: No Handed Bike Moves

Look Ma', no hands! Riding without hands can be a fun and exciting thing as is demontrated in this display of No Handed Bike Moves, courtesy of Ninian Doff. The video was approved by the Official Federation of No Handed Bikes Skills and performed to "Golden Tree" by Martin Brooks.

Junk Impressionism

Artist Tom Deininger re-created Monet’s 1899 masterpiece Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, using found objects like plastic forks, phone cords, bottle caps, markers, lighters, combs, and children’s toys. Tom says, "The glue gun is one of the most important and essential tool that I use in my works. I like working with all kinds of materials. That’s the fun in it really. One thing that entertains me is the appropriation of an object to serve a function other than it’s intended use. It’s the way evolution works."

Books: Crazy Art

'Crazy Art' will be a revelation to anyone who thinks that art is more or less limited to painting, sculpture and photography. Chantal Alles’ latest book from Vivays Publishing features the work of more than sixty contemporary artists drawn from all over the world, demonstrating that there are absolutely no boundaries to expressing the most inventive and exciting ideas thhrough a vast range of different media and materials. From food art to body art, junk art to street art, this book is an amazing resource for anyone willing to expand one's knowledge of established notions of art and art making.

Icky Mouse

What do you get when you combine movie monsters with Mickey Mouse? The answer? Some pretty crazy illustrations! Artist and illustrator Dann Matthews created a great series of monster inspired Mickey Mouse images that are, well… kind of icky.

Last Clock

 Developed by NewMediology 'Last Clock' is an ambient display that paints a visual memory of the last 60 seconds, the last 60 minutes and the last 12 hours in an never-ending loop. The hands of the clock are made of a slice of live video that gets scanned to the clockface. With different refresh rate for the three hands, the three time circles reflect the rhythms of the space at different temporal resolutions. The app also allows you to stream the last clock camera feed over the internet.

Video: Rat Vs Possum 'Fat Monk'

Body architect Lucy McRae makes her debut as a director with this kaleidoscopic dance clip for Australian synth-pop outfit Rat Vs Possum.

Twisted Pencils

Twisted Pencil by Giha Woo is a pencil vase which utilizes conjoined pencils to form the outline of its shape. Twisted pencil conveys aesthetic value with a nuance of amusement by expressing the relations between the two things- pencil and pencil vase. In comparison with general products, it isn’t a pencil vase that can contain a lot more pencils, but it includes new aesthetics and morphological consideration about things.

Smart Shoes

Crazy cardboard craftsman Mark O'Brien uses cardboard boxes to create fun and colorful shoes. Mark says, "Shoes seem to work really well in cardboard. Because corrugated cardboard won't flow and bend like leather or canvas it takes a lot of squashing and twisting to get it into shape, which seems to bring out the corrugated structure and chunky look of the material." Fancy a pair?

Slow Breaking News

For her Masters in Graphic Design thesis project, Emily Roose designed and stitched breaking news stories into cross stitch samplers. Emily says, "I juxtaposed content that is extremely fast and ephemeral (breaking news stories) with a very slow and archival medium (cross stitch). I wanted to see how this transference of medium affects the message of these stories and highlights the absurdity of the way stories are reported in the media and the way we consume them."

Drink Words

A cocktail mixing typewriter? Yes please! Morskoiboy created this amazing hydraulic typewriter that literally converts letters into cocktails. The inventor explains, ""One day I had this funny idea, and I thought, 'Well, there's really nothing stopping me...' At first it was just for fun. But then...Then I drew up a sketch. And then another one, and after a couple months of fine-tuning the communication vessels, I became the sole owner in the world of such a strange piece of work."

Colourful Life

Using classic textile techniques, remixed with contemporary craft processes, artist and illustrator Ian Wright recreates the classic 80's boombox using KeayKolour's sophisticated and intense coloured papers. Wright cut and folded the papers to build up a multi-layered, brightly coloured image inspired by Navajo woven rugs and blankets.

De-Signs

For his ongoing project titled "De-Signs", writer and artist Austin Kleon created a series of iPhone snapshots of signs redacted into clever one-liners. Austin explains, "I really think of myself as a cartoonist: a writer who draws. Words and images aren't separate for me. I actually think we're all wired to see pictures and words together."

The Art Army

Michael Leavitt’s "Art Army Royalty" is a collection of  action figures based on some of the world’s most popular contemporary artists. Leavitt’s figurines are a satire on consumer culture, reducing the collector compulsion of two markets, art and product, into a miniature scale. Using the vinyl toy industry as a vehicle to convey the phenomenon of idolization and celebrity status in contemporary art and culture.

The Alphabet 2

Playing with different techniques and materials, Italian creative company 9ve recreated the letters of the alphabet in a delightful animated spelling-video. This is a follow up to their previous video "The Alphabet" that was released in January 2011.

Shoe Redo

For the "Shoe fly Shoe" exhibition at The Next Gallery, artist Sharla Valeski created a series of one-off, customised sculptures using thriftstore shoes. By covering the shoes with artificial turf, flowers and birds, Sharla has created a series of whimsical works of art that are also wearable.

QR Code Island

For their collaborative project titled "QR-Code Island" Mat Barnes and Eddie Blake of C.A.N created a scale-model island that can be read by a smartphone as a QR code when viewed from above. The model represents a kind of spectacular planning which opens up intriguing opportunities, like the that of developers advertising via Google Earth or even have their message read in space.

Real Life Superheroes

Fascinated by the world of comics and the culture of power, London-based artist Ben Turnbull has brought together superheroes and everyday heroes for a special exhibition titled “Supermen – An Exhibition of Heroes.” Turnbull created a series of iconic new images meticulously constructed from fragments of comic book superheroes including Captain America, Daredevil, and The Fantastic Four as well as Batman and Spiderman. The palette of red, white and blue that predominates in the work and gives form to these figures reflects the depth of their patriotism and willingness to serve. The exhibition runs from September 16, 2011 to October 22, 2011 at Eleven Fine Art in London.

Music from a Dry Cleaner

Intrigued by the different sounds coming from the local dry cleaner, sound designer and composer Diego Stocco asked the owners if he could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments. So he used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap to create this eclectic composition.

Paper Lamps

Conceived as an experiment in the application of simple materials, French designer Nancel Duke created a series of lamps composed exclusively of paper, The series uses sturdy paper composed of polyester and cellulose, which is scored, folded, cut, printed, and glued into the proper forms. different designs are achieved through different paper shapes and folding techniques.

Degenerative Art

Sydney-based artist Tim Silver creates carefully constructed sculptures that begin to gradually decompose over time, highlighting the idea that life is a constant process of change. There is something unsettling about Tim's destructive experiments. The subjects that Silver chooses, as well as the materials he uses to make them, comment on the inevitability of death.

The Artist is Pixelated

Are video games art?! This one definitely is! Copenhagen-based artist and game designer Pippin Barr has created a video game version of Marina Abramović's "The Artist is Present". The performance debuted at the MoMA last year, and this 8-bit adventure, recreates the exhibit experience, from arriving to the museum on a day that it’s closed, to waiting in line for hours. Although the MoMA looks nothing like the video game, we think this is a brilliant idea!

Junk Aesthetic

In a world obsessed with status, branding and expense, silversmith and designer David Taylor (aka Superdave) creates ingenious guerrilla-art between exquisite silversmithing, junk aesthetics and elegance. "His work is both serious and amusing, grafted with the souvenirs sentimentality, with pop cultures worthless debris and it disseminates what is important today: reflection, humour and need for something different."

The Burgermat Show

Burgerac, a burger detective and blogger hot on the trail of the finest burger in town, tapped a slew of talented artists for a one-night-only exhibition, called Burgermat. 24 leading illustrators were asked to portray their burger love in original artworks all created in a single medium, the paper placemat. The artist lineup included Crispin Finn, Richard Hart, Rob Flowers, James Joyce, Gemma Shiel, Jon Boam (who also designed the Burgerac logo) and many more.

School Supplies

For her project titled "School Supplies", Los Angeles based textile artist Megan Whitmarsh created a series of soft sculptures inspired by Sharpies, calculators, and pencils. Megan says, "Making replicas of things feels akin to play, which is perhaps why many artists undertake it." You can purchase individual pieces over at Gray Area or check out the collection after the jump.

Moments in Time

Artist Dominic Wilcox created a series of one-off, customised sculptures,using a collection of vintage watches and model figures. By attaching tiny figures onto the second and minute hands of each watch, Wilcox has made unique, animated scenes from everyday observations and imagined situations. The watches will be exhibited at Dezeen Space in Shoreditch, London from 17 September to 16 October.

Crania Anatomica

Chicago-based artist Joshua Harker has launched a Kickstarter project to fund the creation of his 3D-printed ornate skulls. Bolstered by the advent of sculptural softwares, 3D printing technologies and material engineering, Joshua's visions are now able to be realized sculpturally in archival materials including cast bronze, and sintered glass/nylon. Never before have forms of this organic complexity been able to be developed and reproduced.

Tape Generations

Tape Generations is a beautiful stop-motion video created by Dutch artist Johan Rijpma using dozens of Scotch tape rolls. Johan says, "I worked on this project for about six months, trying many different compositions. Each single set up took more than 12 hours to develop/breakdown" The result? A mesmerizing video you will never tire of.

Brakay

Brakay is the name of the latest collaboration between Brad Downey and Akay during this year Fame Festival in Italy. The American and Swedish duo unleashed a series of urban interventions on the streets of Grottaglie using various found objects. “These pieces and actions reflect pretty faithfully the entire festival atmosphere and attitude. A bunch of kids playing freely with the context, for fun, improvising totally unnecessary things that will eventually look good or even have a meaning or a message."

No Way Home

For his series titled "No Way Home", Spanish artist and photographer Rafa Zubiría created beautiful surreal images of buildings floating in mid-air. The series reflects Rafa's continued investigation of themes surrounding time, space and visual memory.

Upcycled

For their collaborative project titled 'We are all here to do what we are all here to do', Fabio Lattanzi Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska created a wearable sculpture made from shredded found free-press newspapers collected around East London.

The Book of Skulls

From the Grateful Dead to skater punk graffiti, from haute-couture to rock memorabilia the skull is the the most recognizable symbol of today’s contemporary visual culture. The Book of Skulls, edited by Faye Dowling and published by Laurence King presents a cool visual guide to the skull, charting its rebirth through music and street fashion to become today’s ultimate anti-establishment icon.

Dark Whimsy

Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, and now living in Indiana, artist Rob Millard-Mendez creates whimsical interactive sculptures made from recycled objects and discarded materials. His art consists mostly of kinetic objects with a combination of mythological, scientific, and historical references. Rob says, "The toy-like quality of the pieces is set in ironic counterbalance with a certain amount of dark whimsy. The interactivity ties in with the idea of power. The things we do (and do not do) affect the world, often more deeply than we know. In these works I am trying to make the viewer think about who has the power to influence whom and in what ways".

Living Typography

Nishant Jethi's "Living Typography" is a series of letters and numbers recreated in hollow 3D form acting as birdhouses. The letters can be hung outside one's home as nameplates or address numbers, or used individually. The project was created to combat the sharp decline in the number of house sparrows [driven by] the lack of nesting and breeding spaces due to the ever increasing urban sprawl. 

Habitat Machines

Toronto based photographer David Trautrimas' creates hybrid architectural buildings using everyday objects such as coffee pots, scales and old lawnmowers. Trautrimas searches for source materials which allude to a greater architectural doctrine usually unnoticed in these machines. Then, by dramatic distortion of scale and context, elements of these objects are meticulously re-assembled into strikingly original structures that are paradoxically familiar by virtue of their origins.

The Tire Art of Wim Delvoye

For his series titled "Pneu", Belgian artist Wim Delvoye created a series of decorative objects by hand-carving intricate patterns and floral motifs on used car tires. Through his manipulation of found objects, Delvoye transforms things that seem useful in everyday life into sculptural pieces that carry a different value from their original intended purpose. Delvoye calls his own approach to art ‘glocal’, referring to ‘local’ and ‘global’, which is his own ironical way of describing art.

Curatorium

Nicholas Ozemba's "Curatorium" is a box designed to protect and display precious artifacts; a small museum catered to the individual. Nicholas explains, "It contains objects of personal and sentimental value. Each item deeply resonates in the memory of a treasured childhood, acting as a vessel of commemoration. Its contents however precious, lack permanence, a journal provided to archive its existence.It contains objects of personal and sentimental value."

The Great Indoors

Christopher Patrick Ernst's color images of scenic landscape wallpapers located in actual commercial interiors are studies in juxtaposition and context. Drawn to sites like laundromats, diners and cafeterias across the country, the artist's keen eye finds the extraordinary in the everyday. He says, " I document the interiors of businesses and public spaces that feature a specific type of mural wallpaper. My goal is to simply show these surreal interiors exactly as they are, without judgement or comment.”

The Museum of Obsolete Objects

Sadly, as our daily lives become more and more digital some things fall by the way side as they are replaced by newer, «better» devices. It's with that in mind that German digital agency Jung von Matt/Next brings us the "Museum of Obsolete Objects", a collection of short videos made as a tribute to the charming, pre-digital objects before they become extinct.

The Art of Eyewear

African artist Cyrus Kabiru creates wearable art using found materials that he collects from the streets of Nairobi. He is perhaps best known for his C-STUNNERS, an ongoing work in which Cyrus creates and wears sculptural bifocals. The work sits itself between fashion, wearable art, performance, and one of a kind commodity objects. C-STUNNERS have a certain energy and playfulness that really captures the sensibility and attitude of a youth generation in Nairobi.

Going to the Store

Once in a while you stumble upon something so bizarre and so hilarious that you just can't help but do a double take! This is the case with "Going to the Store," a CGI clip by David Lewandowski that he created as part of an episode for his Channel 101 series. If this doesn't brighten up your day you may as well be asleep!

Beyond Perspective

Hungarian-born artist Adam Magyar creates these amazing composite images of city squares bustling with crowds, by taking individual shots of people walking from a close range and stitching hundreds of these pictures together. The best way to view them is on Magyar’s website, where, by moving across the screen with your mouse, you can use the cursor to automatically zoom in on each of the individual figures, as if you were looking through a telescope.

My Little Pop Icons

Artist Mari Kasurinen explores the concepts of beauty and customization using My Little Pony figurines as her blank canvases. Mari became very interested in the whole customisation phenomenon while looking for a way to address individualism and materialism in her work The ponies, which had no limitations because of their plain and genderless nature, proved to be a perfect platform for Kasurinen’s sculptures. She says, "When we surround ourselves with things that are and look just the way we want them to, it gives us power and control over other people. In today's competitive world you have to know who you are and what you want. And you have to do it better, bigger and faster than anyone else."

Post-It War

There's a war raging in France right now…a very unconventional war. The employees at Ubisoft Montreuil started using Post-It notes to create huge video game characters on their building's windows when suddenly, the BNP bank across the way started firing back with some of their own creations! The war draws heavily on the nerd canon, and of course there's a Tumblr blog dedicated to the iconic gamer and cartoon images.

Paint Brush Coat Hooks

KKoutlet recently asked designer Dominic Wilcox to take part in their exhibition ‘Object Abuse’. The challenge was to take an everyday object and repurpose it to create an entirely new item, using as little additional materials as possible. Dominic says, "One day I was walking through an art shop and looked at the brushes. They seemed pleasant objects so I decided to come up with something using one of them. I remembered how I used to forget to wash paint brushes after using them and then would find them hard and unusable the next day. After quite a few trials and mistakes I managed to make something useful, a coat hook. Handily there is a hole at the top of the handle for the screw."

Life on Paper

Artist Jennifer Collier uses paper to produce unusual ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects. Jennifer explains, "The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms. I tend to find items then investigate a way in which they can be reused and transformed; giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away."