Sculpture as Collage

From now till May 13 the Guggenheim Museum is presenting a retrospective exhibit of work by the late sculptor John Chamberlain. Titled "Choices", the exhibition features 100 works that span 60 years and includes works made of foam, plexiglass, paper and foil. Chamberlain was internationally known for his long career of creating vibrantly colored, dynamic sculptures from crushed, twisted and bent automobile parts. Inspired by the scale, color and impulsive creation of Abstract Expressionist work, Chamberlain was a pioneering force through his use of found materials and diverse colors. 

Panic Room

The Vieux Panier boutique hotel in Marseille commissioned graffiti artist Tilt to create the 'Panic Room', a bedroom that has been carefully divided down the middle, one half covered entirely in graffiti and the other half left pure white. That includes the bedsheets, the ceiling and even the dressing table mirror. Photographer Big Addict, documented the room in these incredible images.

Paper Houses

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates imaginary buildings by cutting windows out of paper bags suspended on twine with clothespins. His objects refer to ‘the home’ as a container of material possessions. Home is where you live but also where you accumulate memories and collect all sorts of other things.

Video: Graham Coxon - What I'll Take

For the video for his new single 'What'll It Take', English singer-songwriter Graham Coxon invited his fans to be the stars. The video is made up of featured moves sent in by 85 fans from 22 countries and is brilliantly cut together by director Ninian Doff (featured previously).

Metamorphosis

Artist Teppei Kaneuji uses layers of white polyester to transform familiar objects into unfamiliar assemblages of junk materials and pop culture action figures. The ready made objects are gathered in a certain theme or rule, for example a certain purpose of the item. The materials are then re-assembled into sculptural forms, disabling their functions and associated context to create new meanings and connections.

Outsiders

'Outsiders' by Atelier Volvox are plush toys that have been turned inside out (eyes and all) and resewn. Designers Samuel Coendet and Lea Gerber collected the toys from second-hand shops and forgotten corners of nursery schools before cutting them open to reverse the fur. Due to this procedure an old, worn plush toy becomes a “brand new” product., with a slightly different look. 

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of giant unraveling credit cards made from yarn by artist Dimitri Tsykalov, a series of photographs of vintage abandoned cars by Peter Lippmann, a photo-media investigation into the ‘trash and treasure’ culture of the West by photographer Sam Oster and elaborate pinned skin collages by David Adey.

All I Own

“All I Own“, is a great photography project of Sannah Kvist, a Swedish photographer based in Stockholm. Sannah asked her friends to gather all their belongings in one big heap, and then she photographed them with their stuff. The result is a thought-provoking statement on the transience of our throwaway culture.

Paradise Parking

Peter Lippmann's 'Paradise Parking' is a series of photographs of vintage abandoned automobiles that have been overtaken by the surrounding foliage. The images offer a poetic look at the relationship between the creations of man and mother nature. 

Film: This Is My Home

While walking down the street one night, filmmaker Mark Cerosimo accidentally walked into a man's home thinking it was an antique shop. Turns out, the space wasn’t a shop at all, but a home belonging to a man named Anthony Pisano, who for the last 30 years has collected odds and ends and opened his collection to the public. Mark went back a few weeks later and created a short film about him. This is a story of a man and his home.

Asphalt Archeology

Mike Mission's "Asphalt Archeology" is a series of photographs of found objects embedded into asphalt in New York City. Mike explorations are an attempt to expose the beauty in the ordinary, in the everyday surroundings and objects that are so often overlooked in our daily lives.

Born Again

Using heart-shaped craft punches, artist David Adey dissected hundreds of lips from fashion magazines and reassembled them with pins on a foam panel. Each punched shape is pinned, like some entomological collection, and turned into one of the most sensual and sublime collages ever produced.

Broken Sets

Penelope Umbrico's “Broken Sets” is a series of cropped images of broken LCD TV screens for sale on eBay. These abstract formal compositions collapse the breakdown and failure of new technology with the aesthetic formalism of utopian Modernist abstraction. Penelope says: "I find it fascinating that I cannot find any of these broken TVs to photograph myself. I am reliant on eBay where they are sold in lots for parts – rare, now, is the TV repair shop that sells used TVs - they’re not cost effective to repair".

Bonfires

Philippe Grollier's photographic series titled 'Bonfires', documents the long-standing tradition of bonfire building by Protestant communities in Ireland. Grollier’s photographs capture these sculptural and architectural oddities waiting to be set alight, built in preparation for the annual celebrations commemorating the the victory of William of Orange over the last Irish king in 1690.

Short Circuit

Working with electrical waste found in local landfills, photographer Sam Oster documents and compares everyday objects, exploring their physical form and function by situating them in cabinets of electrical curiosities. Short Circuit is a photo-media investigation into our electrical consumption and the ‘trash and treasure’ culture of the West.

Unraveling Credit Cards

Inspired by the atmosphere of chaos and uncertainty of today's global economy, artist Dimitri Tsykalov created a series of giant unraveling credit cards made from yarn. The credit cards were part of an exhibition titled 'Money' at Galerie Rabouan Moussion.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of macro photographs of crushed insects by Volker Steger, an amazing sculpture made of plastic caps gathered from bottles consumed over the course of nine years by Japanese artist Satoshi Hirose, astoundingly detailed bonsai treehouses by Takanori Aiba and abandoned structures transformed into humorous and visually striking portraits by Russian based street artist Nomerz.

Video: BELL TOWERS - Scavengers

Playing with different techniques and materials, the good people over at Expialidocious created this delightful new video for BELL TOWERS' track ‘Scavengers’. Great editing and creative use of everyday objects is what makes this video so cool. Sometimes, simplicity is best.

Frictions

Antonio Marguet is a fine art still life photographer based in London. 'Frictions' between materials and objects that operate on different levels is a constant through his practice. His narratives tackle and celebrate the absurd.

The Living Wall

Russian based street artist Nomerz transforms abandoned structures into massive portraits that are humorous and visually striking. Nomerz uses both the architecture (ledges, windows, eaves) and its defects (cracks, holes, rust) to create his grotesque faces, achieving a wide range of emotions that permeate the works’ surroundings.

Pop Culture Anatomy

Alfred Steiner is both master draftsman and pop culture surgeon. Steiner creates disorienting, dreamy and disturbingly beautiful drawings using instantly recognizable outlines from the most vital and basic parts of human anatomy. "His works on hot press paper consists of characters and scenes from the popular to the ambitious—Shaggy and Fred from Scooby Doo!, Betty Boop, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Saint Anthony—all composed of jutting, blood-tipped bones and glistening, sinewy muscle."

Dead Hearts

Inspired by a desire for adventure and galvanized by a loathing of car culture, Canadian street artist Roadsworth started painting the streets of Montreal about ten years ago. His latest series of works titled 'Dead Hearts' is a series of striking visual displays that contain images of hearts embedded in a variety of urban environments.

Adventures of the Eyes

Using materials that include stone clay, epoxy putty, copper line, plastic, and resin, Japanese artist Takanori Aiba creates elaborate bonsai treehouses which combine his knowledge and experience as maze illustrator and architect." Takanori explains: "Bonsai reflects the Japanese traditional aesthetic sense of expressing the magnificence of nature in a small potted plant, however, the density of decoration and the rich stories of my works contain extraordinary times and spaces which differ from the bonsai world determined by plants physiology."

The Island of life by Satoshi Hirose

Using a collection of plastic caps gathered from bottles consumed over the course of nine years, Japanese artist Satoshi Hirose created this amazing sculpture currently on view at Galleria Maria Grazia Del Prete in Rome. The found-object island rests on a rectangular wooden platform which has had a small nook cut into one of the two longer sides of its base; this undersized shelf contains an assemblage of golden beans. The massive shape fills the center of the gallery space, inviting the viewer to interact with the piece by moving around it.

Collision Course

We’ve all seen macro photographs of insects before, but never quite like this. German science photographer Volker Steger, created a series of photographs of insects that crashed into his car. He collected the dead bugs from the hood of his car and ran them under a scanning electron microscope. Steger describes his personal methods for capturing these amazing images: “The speed is important. The right speed is about 70km/h (43 mph). Flies that get hit by a car at that speed look like fallen angels in the electron microscope.”

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of historic explosions depicted in cauliflower by Brock Davis, a collection of 2000 disposable lighters found on NYC shorelines by Willis Elkins, woven blankets produced Phillip Sterns using images generated from short circuited cameras as pattern sources and the collage work of Madrid/Berlin-based artist Pablo Genovés.

Subtractive Images

Artist Jim Dingilian uses candle smoke to painstakingly paint suburban landscapes on the inside of found empty bottles. Jim explains: "The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature. The bottles add to the implied narratives of transgression. When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories”.

Playing with Fire

For their latest project called 'Fire Drawings' London-based Studio Glithero created these beautiful art pieces by scorching designs into wood using fire. Each piece in the series choreographs a different path of a flame, that starts burning from a single fuse and then branches and multiples towards a climax; A burning circle of fire.

Tape Drawings

Baltimore-based photographer Sam Schubert creates these excellent anamorphic projections by painstakingly drawing with electrical tape to create the illusion of flatness. Her playful use of perspective transforms the insignificant and banal into something totally unexpected.

Glitch Textiles

These textiles are a collection of woven and knit blankets produced Phillip Sterns using images generated from short circuited cameras as pattern sources. These objects are layered with irony: a digital photographic image, made with an intentionally broken (rewired) camera, is mechanically woven or knit into a photo-blanket, commonly advertised as a kitsch object. An object advertised as a keepsake to cherish one’s memories now becomes a way to fashion corrupted memory, the cold logic of digital systems into a warm blanket.

The Zen of Yoda

'Zen of Yoda' by Henry Hargreaves is a photographic series showcasing the wise words of the Star Wars sage, in a setting designed to resemble the swamp-like environment of Yoda's adopted homeland of Dagobah. Hargreaves in collaboration with prop stylist Sarah Guido assembled keyboard keys to spell out some of Yoda's most well-known words of wisdom and admonition.

The Butterfly Effect

Australian painter Ben Quilty creates these amazing images by slathering thick layers of paint with a palette knife and then pressing each wet canvas against the other, folding the two sides together like butterfly wings. Rather than destroying the image, a new painting is born and when the two canvases are placed side by side they become a single painting and a Rorschach is formed.

Precipitations

Madrid/Berlin-based artist Pablo Genovés uses vintage ephemera to create digital collages depicting museums, performance halls, and ballrooms, subsumed by the crushing forces of nature. Pablo explains: " I convert old postcards into digital pictures and then I mix them with images stored on my computer. The resulting combination is then converted to photographic paper using a digital enlarger."

Collections: Found Disposable Lighters

Over the course of 10 months, Brooklyn-based artist Willis Elkins collected nearly 2000 cigarette lighters from the shorelines of New York City, documented, photographed and mapped them. Willis explains: "I originally began collecting lighters because they are durable and easily recognizable. In the spectrum of synthetic flotsam they exist at a happy medium population. The consistencies in shape and size amongst lighters makes them not only easy to recognize but also interesting for more detailed reasons, such as color, specific angles of the mold, type and brand."

Jelly & Light

For their latest experimental project called 'Jelly & Light', French creative studio Le Creative Sweatshop (aka Julien Morin and Mathieu Missiaen) in collaboration with photographer Fabrice Fouillet, created a series of sublimely strange still-lifes combining translucent jelly and designer lamps, exploring the relationship between colour and light.

Cauliflower Explosions

Brock Davis likes to create art work using simple techniques and tools. For his latest project, he recreated a series of historic explosions using cauliflower stalks carved with an x-acto knife and toothpicks. The resulting artworks are humorous,quirky and visually striking.

Blind Spot

San Francisco-based graphic designer Bob Dinetz created a series of photographs documenting three different areas of interest: flattened gum, covered up graffiti and chewed gum. What appears to be without value is in fact a source of inspiration, the unique and extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a great series of photos taken from the back seat of derelict cars by Alicia Rius, ordinary plastic bags transformed into glaciers and caverns by Belgian architect Francois Delfosse, a pair of old shoes bedazzled with four and a half pounds of metal pins by Polish artist Erwina Ziomkowska and a series of anatomical cross-sections made with quilled paper by Lisa Nilsson.

Soup

SOUP is a description given to plastic debris suspended in the sea, and with particular reference to the mass accumulation that exists in an area of The North Pacific Ocean known as the Garbage Patch. Inspired by this sea of plastic, UK photographer Mandy Barker created a series of images documenting these discarded items salvaged from beaches around the world. The work is a means of representing a global collection of refuse that exists within the earth's oceans for various amounts of time. 

Cutlery Fish

This woven sculpture created by designer Ian McChesney is suspended over the entrance to Heddon Street in central London and is made up of over 1,000 forks organized in the shape of a fish. The structure is supported by arrays of very fine cables, almost invisible from groundlevel, giving the impression of the form floating over the street.  

Domestic Assemblages

New York City based artist Lael Marshall creates mixed media collages using vacuum cleaner bags that were once destined for the landfill. Marshall mines their bright synthetic color, patterns, and text to compose richly nuanced pieces. Folds and creases become geometric textures in this mixed media series that utilize the unraveled, ripped, and torn paper.

Destructive Tendencies

For their latest collaborative project called 'D/Struct', Dutch artist Lucas Maaseen and design studio Raw Color pulverized a series of everyday items and repackaged them in little plastic bags. Questioning what actually “makes up” an object in our increasingly digital era, D/Struct detaches the object's design from the material it was made of. The pop-up installation is currently on display at the Design Fair in Rotterdam, visitors can purchase these colorful bags along with a digital code to download the 3D-scan in high resolution.

Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nillsson

Artist Lisa Nillsson creates beautiful anatomical cross sections of the human body using rolled strips of paper, a technique known as quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time. Lisa says: "I find quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross section."