Takahiro Iwasaki is a Japanese artist from Hiroshima, Japan, who transforms ordinary found objects such as tape, discarded toothbrush bristles and towel threads into small and intricate sculptures. Using everyday materials, Iwasaki creates topographical maps, landscapes, buildings, roller coasters and ferris wheels that represent technology, modern civilization, historical temples and industrial environments. They are meant for viewers to “question their interpretation in the contemporary world” (qagoma.qld.gov.au).
Iwasaki’s series titled “Out of Disorder” includes city skylines created from towel threads and tape. They “represent[ ] our world and how civilization simply occurs surrounded by chaos” (boredpanda.org).
The artwork of Javier Pérez is simple, creative and intriguing. Pérez is an art director and graphic illustrator from Ecuador who began posting a whimsical series of illustrations on Instagram- “simple ideas mix everyday objects with line drawings” (Pérez). His Instagram account “Cintascotch” introduces his “Intagram Experiments” that is meant to “[look] for new meaning of the common everyday items” (Pérez). The idea of changing the meaning and purpose of an object inspires me to view what is around me in new perspectives. His art encourages me to “look at these everyday things differently with a more imaginative and playful perspective” (LINEN).
Pérez keeps his work simple because he wants people to “take a break of the saturation of the photos in general” (Pérez). Surprisingly, he did not think that people would like his creations to such an extent. I am a fan and have been inspired to create my own illustrations using various objects around my house (see below). I have come to realize that this art-practice is a great exercise for the imagination, and is more difficult than it looks.
Pérez uploads a new art creation each week on Instagram. He states that “[t]he artists of Instagram have the challenge to capture the attention of the people only just for few seconds and show them that your artwork is unique and different from the rest” (Pérez). With 81,000 followers, it is clear that he has made heads turn with his innovative style.
I appreciate artists who capture my attention with minimalistic artworks. The creative use of random objects one would not normally see as art is clever and fun. It is difficult to fully explain why my eyes light up as soon as I look at his simple illustrations- perhaps because his idea is novel, surreal and unexpected.
Here are a few of my Pérez-inspired creations using an old guitar pick and guitar strings:
Check out similar artists Victor Nune (http://www.feeldesain.com/the-imaginative-faces-of-victor-nunes.html) and Debbie Ohi (http://debbieohi.com/portfolio/found-object-art/)
Born in St. Louis, USA (1983), Erika Iris Simmons is a self-taught artist who focuses on using non-traditional, discarded and/or donated materials to create works of art. Specifically, she has a love for the archaic/nostalgia and uses materials such as sheet music, wine labels, money and old cassette tapes.
In her series titled “Ghost in the Machine”, she uses cassette tapes to create portraits of iconic celebrities, “associating the item with the people…” (Simmons) and blending “conceptual art with craft-making and popular culture” (Simmons). She states that her idea comes from a philosopher named Gilbert Ryle, who believes our spirit exists in our body. Simmons “imagine[s] we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging” (Simmons).
What I like most about Simmons is that she “hope[s] that not everything which has outlived its use goes to waste” (Simmons). I am attracted to the idea of discovering new purposes for objects, as it focuses on exploring creativity and can reveal novel ideas such as the work of Simmons.
-2010: Simmons helped director Ethan Lader produce the music video “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, which “received over 300 millions views on youtube” (iri5.com).
-2013: Simmons was “honored as the Official Artist for the 2013 Grammy Awards” (iri5.com).
-Past clients of Simmons: “The Times, Oprah Magazine, MAXIM, Levis Strauss & Co., Hermes, Showtime, and RayBan” (http://iri5.com/press/)
Dalton Ghetti is a unique artist who transforms discarded pencils into artistic masterpieces. Born in Brazil, Ghetti is a forty-nine year old carpenter who began working with tools at the age of six, and sculpting with knives and hammers at the age of nine. Initially carving large sculptures, Ghetti moved towards microscopic art as he grew older. His small works of art are meant to “bring people’s attention to small things” (Ghetti). When I first came across his carved pencil art I was amazed with the skill and patience it must take to sculpt lead. I was also surprised to find out that he does not use a magnifying glass.
In order to successfully carve the lead from a pencil, Ghetti works slowly using a sewing needle and a small blade. The maximum time per day that he spends carving is one to two hours. As he spends a great deal of time being a carpenter, his sculptures can take years to complete.
When I began researching Ghetti’s life and artistic process, I learned that he views his art-making as a personal and meditative hobby. I also discovered that he does not buy pencils, but rather picks up discarded pencils on the street and transforms their purpose as “a recycling process” (Ghetti). The way Ghetti transforms used objects inspires me view items in my home (that I would originally throw away) in new and creative perspectives.
As of now, Ghetti is continuing to work on an art project that he began in 2002. “When September 11 happened I was in tears all day and couldn’t do much for a while. I decided to make a teardrop pencil carving for each of the people who died in the attack, about 3,000. Since 2002 I have carved one every day, it takes me under an hour. When I’m done they will form one big tear drop. It will take me about 10 years but it will be worth it” (Ghetti).
If you are interested in learning more about Ghetti’s life, art and/or current projects, here are links:
If you like Ghetti’s art, you will also enjoy the incredible work of:
Diem Cheu (http://www.diemchau.com/default.html) and