Cell Phone Photos of Heart Shaped Gum Become Art in a New Project by Hiromi Niizeki
Concentrating on works that incorporate the repurposing of common, often overlooked materials, Brooklyn-based artist Hiromi Niizeki transforms detritus into stunning and complex works of art. Her latest project titled “LOVES” involves photos of discarded chewing gum found on the streets of the five boroughs of New York City, as well as locations around the world. Using just her own cell phone camera for documentation, Niizeki has been obsessively photographing the naturally occurring HEART shapes, which have formed by mere coincidence. Niizeki has recently launched a kickstarter campaign to help raise money to create an installation of heart-shaped chewed gum at the non-profit Maple Grove Cemetery in Queens.