Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Recycled Art

Turning discarded trash into art, it's not a feat for the ordinary. More so the creative and original vision of true artists, adjusting less to the confines of a palette and canvas and creating amazing works of art. I  admire those artists for their ability to conform to the mainstream movement of creating something out of what we all view nowadays as nothing. And you wouldn't know from looking at the finished product that the components used to procure them are items you'd find around in your very own home.

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Paul Villinski turns discarded beer cans he finds in the streets of New York (no less) and forms them into butterflies.
Hmm. An interesting take on why is Villinski's quote:

"Who leaves these crushed beer cans – forlorn evidence scattered in the streets of the city? I take these “dead soldiers” – every one of them once raised to someone’s lips – and breathe new life into them, changing them into images that suggest the possibility of change itself." via 

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Jean Shin uses records, melts them, and forms them into cascading waves. Beautiful sculptures to be admired thereafter..

Records were melted and sculpted to form a cascading wave, dotted with bursts of colorful labels. The resulting structure speaks to the inevitable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete. The piece also aims to physically manifest the ephemerality of music as well as one man’s musical tastes, as represented by his personal record collection.

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With the discarded keyboards, Shin again has a unique take on recycling, technology and tactile sensory elements by forming the keyboard components into a 'Text-tile' fabric.

Teruya, inspired this awe in recycled art for me and provided inspiration for this blog post to begin with. His mediums range from a roll of toilet paper, a discarded pizza box, to a New York Times paper to a Happy Meal paper bag. The end result is all the same, an amazing translation of beauty found in the most mundane of elements. Lovely.

Myong Ho Lee

Tree number 4

Tree number 7

Tree number 8

Tree number 10

Tree number 3

Tree number 2

Tree number 5

Numbered from 1 through 10, these images were captured by Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee, posing a surreal representation of reality.

"Myoung Ho Lee, a young artist from South Korea, has produced an elaborate series of photographs that pose some unusual questions about representation, reality, art, environment and seeing.

Simple in concept, complex in execution, he makes us look at a tree in its natural surroundings, but separates the tree artificially from nature by presenting it on an immense white ground, as one would see a painting or photograph on a billboard."


Illustrator Wonder





Tiger girl

Let me stand by you


Sail westward

Yukari Terakado is a Japanese born illustrator specializing in hip, fashionable prints intricately drawn using primarily pencil and acrylics. Her lines are detailed and I especially love the hair detail that goes into her every work. If her style is reminiscent of the traditional Japanese prints (the ukiyo-e-technique which is mostly wood blocking, comes to mind.), then her subject matter is mostly a European affectation to beautiful women, cats and skulls. Very beautiful, simple and haunting in its elegance. See more here.