This is the second part of Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials ─ showcasing another collection of the next 8 of the most unusual pieces of art made from…well, the last things you’d imagine.
For those who missed the first part, here is Toiletpaper Art? Meat Art? Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials (Part 1).
1 Cutlery Art. Gary Howie is an artist and his preferred choice of materials is cutlery. Spoons, forks and knives are his thing as you can see. Ten years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. According to him, art has a therapeutic effect and helps him cope with the disease. (Pic from DIYisFun).
3 Masking Tape Art. Anna Gillespie is a UK sculptor who uses mixedmedia to make her powerful social statements. Her more recent works now incorporate nature’s elements such as beech nuts, acorn cups, twigs, galls which she then casts into the bronze of her figures.
4 Egg Shell Art. Heard of egg shell art? A lot of artists make beautiful, delicate carvings onto eggshells and that’s egg shell art to us. But here’s one with a difference. It is egg shell art but made with lots of broken eggs. This egg shell sculpture entitled ‘What Came First?’ was made by Brighton based designer Kyle Bean. Look at the sculpture and you’ve got the answer to the question. Go check out Bean’s portfolio at the link. (Pic from Kylie Bean).
Speaking of ‘Mother and Child Reunion’ ─ a song written by Paul Simon as far back as 1972, did you know that the song and title were inspired by a Chicken and Egg dish in a Chinese restaurant?
Here is Paul Simon performing Mother and Child Reunion
5 Bubble Gum Art. Italian sculptor Maurizio Savini, has a thing for bubble gum. No, not to chew and pop but to turn into objets d’art to make sociopolitical statements. Savini was one of the first artists to use the highly malleable material of chewing gum for sculpturing. Each piece of art ─ whether he’s making animals or business men falling from the glass ceiling or clutching pillows, or chandeliers or women’s shoes ─ requires as much as 14kg (if not more) or 3,000 pieces of chewing gum plus hours upon hours of painstaking labour to construct. He also uses formaldehyde to preserve his sculptures for posterity. His favourite colour is pink ─ ultra pink as you will see in his work. Asked why, he says: “Pink represents artificiality – when you see it, you associate it with a fake world.” (Pics from beautifuldecay).
6 Charcoal Art. Again the charcoal here is not being used to draw but appreciated in their raw form as clumps. Korean sculptor Bak Sung Chi created floating works with the heavy sinking material, Charcoal. (Pic from DIYisFun).
7 Nail Art. Nail art takes on a different meaning when it comes under the purview of Andrew K. We’re not talking manicures here but real iron nails, those you hammer into the wall with. His works depict humour, in a tongue-in-cheek way. More nail art below. (Pic from DIYisFun).
8 Bottle Cap Art. Looks like a lot of artists are into bottle cap art which they often make into fish for some reason. Some are sold for a tidy sum. (Pics from pinterest and etsy).