26 posts tagged Upcycling
26 posts tagged Upcycling
French artist Edouard Martinet (previously featured here) has created a new series of astonishing assemblage animals, which will be on exhibit at Sladmore Contemporary in London from November 27th to January 31, 2014. Edouard thoughtfully uses all sorts of scrap materials to create these marvelous animals and assembles them without soldering or welding the parts together.
Each time we look at one of his incredibly intricate pieces, it’s as though we’re seeing his work for the very first time. Christopher Jobson of Colossal put it perfectly:
"When looking at these perfectly assembled sculptures by French artist Edouard Martinet (previously) it’s difficult to believe the raw materials he used ever existed in another form. Yet every head, thorax, leg, wing, and eye from these assorted creatures was once part of a car, bicycle, typewriter, or other found object. Reading through his material lists it becomes clear how completely thorough and judicious Martinet is in selecting the perfect objects to realize his vision, truly a master of his craft.”
Visit Edouard Martinet’s website to view more of his awesome scrap metal creatures.
"As a child, I would take my toys apart in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again. Now, I take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, and rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs.
My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.
Visit Justin’s DeviantART Gallery and A Mechanical Mind to check out more of his elaborate creations. Original sculptures (like the ones pictured here) and pieces of jewelry are available via his Etsy shop.”
[via Design Taxi]
Entitled Pain, Haroshi’s latest body of work “examines the effects of emotional pain and how it can be a powerful motivator in the creation of art.” The exhibition includes a self-portrait bust entitled Agony Into Beauty, which depicts Haroshi himself with an anguished expression on his face and muscles straining beneath his skin. This new solo exhibition is currently on display at the StolenSpace gallery in London until November 3, 2013.
Visit My Modern Metropolis for more photos.
Korean artist Yong Ho Ji recycles old tires by transforming them into dramatic sculptures like the awesome animals seen here. The lion sculpture at the top of this post was photographed by Redditor m1keyth at the at the Beyond Limits sculpture expo in Chatsworth, UK.
Visit Yong Ho Ji’s websiteto view many more examples of his awesome tire sculptures.
British artist Jane Perkins uses all sorts of small, found plastic objects and a glue gun to create awesome assemblage pieces. Jane calls herself a “re-maker” for the way she repurposes everyday objects such as toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewelry, curtain hooks, springs, and so on. It doesn’t matter what the objects are, as long as they’re the right size, shape, and colour.
The three beautiful pieces seen here are from her current series, entitled Plastic Classics, for which “Old Masters are given a contemporary twist.”
"Impressionist paintings are the perfect inspiration for my work. It needs to be viewed in two ways (as in Impressionism) - from a distance to make sense of the whole image, and close up to identify the materials used (the brush strokes)."
Visit Jane Perkins’ website to view many more examples of her wonderful artwork.
[via Laughing Squid]
Indiana artist Gabriel Dishaw (previously featured here) has created another awesome upcycled Darth Vader sculpture for his ongoing Star Wars series. This time Darth Vader’s unmistakable helmet has been mounted onto a tank to create Tank Vader:
"My passion for Star Wars and one of the baddest villains of all time has carried over to my upcycled art. This piece was created using recycled materials from a toy tank, vintage model pieces, computers, adding machines, typewriters, wire and airplane parts."
He might be shorter and smaller than the real thing, but something tells us you still don’t want to upset this armored vehicle version of the dreaded Sith Lord.
Prints of Thyrza’s work are available via her Etsy shop, Thyrza Works.
Visit Laughing Squid to view more of Thyrza’s latest creations.
What do you do with old telephone books, or even current telephone books, for that matter? While many of us end up using them as impromptu doorstops and footstools or simply pitch them straight into the recycling bin, New York-based artist Long-Bin Chen transforms them into awesome works of sculptural art.
There’s something particularly pleasing about the sight of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial recreated by carving stacks of phonebooks which contain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of thousands of citizens.
“Long-Bin Chen is known for transforming books, newspapers, and magazines into sculptures. Using locally printed materials (where he is an artist in residence) as his medium, he carefully carves figures from blocks of soft stacked paper—from warriors, to buddhas, to composers. at first glance, the highly-realistic three-dimensional works appear to be made from stone, but upon closer inspection, the viewer realizes the humble material which he has employed.”
Hermit crabs require new, larger shells to accommodate their bodies as they grow. They’ve been known to salvage all sorts of hollow items besides actual shells to use as their new homes. American artist Josh Keyes (previously featured here) created this awesome painting, entitled Migratory Soul, which depicts a resourceful crab who found a human skull that appears to be a perfect fit. This painting will be shown at 111 Minna Gallery’s 20th anniversary group show opening September 6th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.
[via Arrested Motion]
Denture Jewelry - the stuff of nightmares for some (we’re looking at you, Odontophobes), for others perhaps, a dream come true. We think it’s a bit of both and thus pretty awesome. These bracelets and hair combs were handmade by Mr. Basic using dental acrylic and can be purchased from an Etsy shop called ConcaveOblivion.