Posts Tagged ‘appropriation’

Seattle-based artist Mary Iverson deals with themes of globalization in relation to the environment. Using found images of natural landscapes as the backdrop for her work, she fills the picture plane with grid lines and images of shipping containers. Advertisements


photo sculpture

07Feb12

Maurizio Anzeri embroiders linear designs over old photographs with bright, colorful thread. He calls the finished products “photo sculptures” because the embroidery adds dimension to the flat photographs. His obvious tendency towards design in his embroidery certainly transforms the photographs into something different. This article seems to let on that his process is mostly intuitive: […]


Worthless materials are not often the preferred artistic medium, but for South Korean artist Choi Jeong-hwa they are. For instance, the first two images are from the 2009 Seoul Design Olympiad, in which the artist used the trash accumulated by the 10 million people who attended to construct the piece. What was once worthless became useful […]


Part of a small series of landscapes, Steve Newberry‘s silkscreens below are printed on plywood. Plastic wires, push pins, maps, and price tag labels are also incorporated into the work. I like the irony of producing an image of nature (more or less) using very man-made materials. via.


I’ve had some xrays a friend gave me in a portfolio for over a year now, thinking I could maybe use them one day for an art project. Come to find out, Philadelphia-based artist Matthew Cox is already using x-ray slides in his work in such a way that surpasses everything I’ve halfheartedly considered. He […]


filthy rautten

11Aug11

Kathryn Macnaughton is a Toronto-based artist. Her process is quirky, witty even, as she appropriates slightly pornographic imagery in drawing/collage work with various objects, shapes, and soft colors. The result is both impressive and funny in an almost-absurd kind of way. I got a kick out of her work, anyway. Several of these images were […]


Abigail Reynolds cuts and folds vintage bookplates to create her series of images, Universal Now. I enjoy the visual play of the geometric sections of color mixed with the 3-d elements of the folds.


Stephen Irwin was a Louisville, Kentucky artist who made beautiful works by altering vintage pornography. His process included rubbing away at the image with steel wool, making an originally direct, erotic image into something ‘far more ephemeral and imaginative’. These images are from the exhibit, Sometimes When We Touch, that was at the Invisible Exports […]


Beijing-based artist Wang Zhiyuan created this piece with discarded plastic containers he collected from Beijing’s dump and around his city. The result: an 11-metre-high tornado of plastic, organized according to size and color.  via.  


Artist Jordan Seiler made the following works by appropriating 21 NYC phonebooth advertising frames into mixed-media illustrations. Of these fashion photography and illustration-inspired pieces, Seiler says: “Each piece is created using a single used book repurposed as a single page and then marked with pencil, pastel and spraypaint. While the work remains inside the gallery, […]