Personally, I have a pretty broad definition of art. I’m sure some people would find it too simplistic, but that’s the beauty of art: it’s in the eye of the beholder. It’s about the creativity of the artist, not some museum-worthy narrow view. Sometimes the attempt or the story behind it is more impressive than the finished piece, but I think that adds to it and makes it greater than the sum of its parts. There is no medium out there that can’t be turned into art. Today, I’d like to show you some unusual ones I’ve found.
Saimir Strati is an mosaic artist who has broken (or probably created) several world records by creating mosaics from things like paint brushes, toothpicks, screws and this DaVinci portrait made from nails.
Diem Chau is another favorite. She does a lot of work with porcelain plates and silk thread, which you have to see to understand, but what I really love are her carved crayons. She’s currently raffling the opportunity to receive three custom carvings and donating the proceeds to relief efforts for Japan.
Who would have guessed toilet paper rolls could be pretty? Anastassia Elias makes you forget what you’re looking at with these fabulous transformations.
I realize I’m reaching with this one, but re-read my opinion of art above. What I find interesting about this pixelated art by Andy Rash is that you can tell who these people and icons are and he only used a few squares to create them. Do I have to tell you to think “breakfast cereal” when you look at this one?
I don’t know who the artist is that’s responsible for these, but they are pictures created by smashing an entire movie’s worth of frames into a bar code and can be found at moviebarcode on Tumblr. It’s funny to see how the colors play out here. You can see the forest fire in Bambi and where The Wizard of Oz changes from black and white to color. Would you have expected the Matrix to be anything but predominately green and black?
Willard Wigan is a micro sculptor. And I mean micro. This sculpture of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is inside the eye of a needle. When you sell magnifying cases for your work to be displayed in, you know it’s small.
Dalton Ghetti is another artist who works in tiny, but this time using pencils. He carves the tip into various designs, sometimes adding still attached but free moving shapes like this heart.
Many artists work in paper, but Peter Callesen takes it to a different level. He starts with a piece of paper, cuts a shape from it, then turns that shape into a 3D sculpture while it’s still attached to the original piece of paper. This hummingbird and flower is one of his simpler pieces.
What do you consider to be art?