Awhile back we posted some cool art made from stuff on your desk, but there were several artists we didn’t get a chance to cover. These aren’t your typical bent paperclips or folded paper jabberwockies that tell you which of your coworkers you’ll someday marry (and subsequently divorce). These are works made from office supplies that have been exhibited in museums.
Mark Khaisman is a Ukrainian artist who started working with traditional stained glass. Later he started using layers of translucent packing tape backlit with colored lights to create archetypal images. The pictures above and the first six photos in the gallery below are his work. This guy makes some great portraits with packing tape and light. Meanwhile, I can’t get packing tape off the roll without accidentally folding it onto itself. And the last time I tried to change a light bulb was a disaster. It took hours to find a second blonde to help spin the stepladder.
Jennifer Maestre is a South African artist who makes sculptures primarily from colored pencils or nails. She cuts the pencils into one inch sections, then drills a hole in one end and sharpens the other. Then she uses traditional beadwork techniques (like peyote stitch) to make organic-looking structures. She was originally inspired to do this by looking at a sea urchin. When I looked at a sea urchin it just made me wish I had some peyote. Can you imagine how awesome one of those things would look when you’re trippin’ balls?
Peter Root is an American artist who says he prefers “extremely fragile, temporary arrangements” and that his “structures have to be pure – without glues, tape or other forms of artificial connection.” I don’t know what all that means, but his latest work, Ephemicropolis (which is Greek for “a whale’s vagina”), is made of over 100,000 staples. Here’s a making-of video:
The video doesn’t have audio, but this Yakety Sax seems fitting. Go ahead and play both at the same time.
Heike Weber is a German minimalist. She draws directly on floors, walls, and ceilings with permanent markers. Sure, but when I do it I get arrested. Is it because I was drawing wangs?
Tara Donovan is an American artist who uses mass-produced, ordinary objects (like the Styrofoam cups above) to make large, biomorphic sculptures. I’m going to try to do something this productive with my pile of empties. And when I’m done with the beer can sculpture I’ll nod knowingly, with determination, and say, “This means something.”