How These Artists Made Everyday Objects Exceptional For Your Collection!

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September 14, 2018

When it comes to the explorations of everyday objects, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic ready-made. This concept was invented in order to question the very notion of the artwork itself meaning that any everyday object can become the work of art by an act of appropriation or transformation; the perfect example is L.H.O.O.Q from 1919, a work by Marcel Duchamp, who inaugurated the term ready-made.

Since then, various artists have explored the symbolical, social or political meaning of certain everyday objects whether they have just painted them or upgraded, deconstructed or destroyed them for installations and performances.

We have selected eleven exquisite art works based on the  use of everyday objects which you can add to you collection right now.

Featured image: Jeff Gillette - Banksy Minnie Nagasaki, detail, 2016. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Ben Frost - Caveman

The first on the list is an Australian visual artist Ben Frost known for the ongoing explorations of consumerism and mass media. The artist came to prominence in the early 2000s with highly controversial works suffocated with hybrid imagery based on advertising, entertainment, and politics. The practice of Ben Frost could be best described as post-Pop Art.

The work Caveman is a piece produced in 2017 and it features a Captain Caveman, the character from the late 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoon called Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. By juxtaposing this goofy figure in front the Viagra box, Frost satirizes the concept of patriarchy which is a milestone of capitalism.

See more info about the work here.

Andy Warhol - The Aspen Times

Andy Warhol is undoubtedly one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art history. This legendary artist was a genuine innovator – he inaugurated Pop art as a specific genre which explored the effects of increasing consumerism, ran The Factory, his studio and a subcultural melting pot, expanded the notion of celebrities by introducing Superstars, and made the great contribution to experimental film and photography.

In his later years, Warhol always carried the camera with himself and took pictures of every possible thing surrounding him. This particular photograph called The Aspen Times was taken in 1984 and it tells much about the high society in which Warhol found himself very often.

See more info about the work here.

Margaret Morrison – Trojan Horse

The following figure is yet another recognized American artist Margaret Morrison who is also an established professor of art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. She is known for combining different elements such as still life images, surreal subjects, and figuration. Throughout the years, she nurtured a specific style characterized by bright colors and motifs ranging candies, over flowers and highways, to toys and odd group portraits.

The work Trojan Horse represents the best Morrison’s fascination with toys. It was painted in 2010 and it reflects the artists' interest in social and political allegories. Namely, the famous antique narrative envisioned through toys is aimed to subtly tackle the complexities of child indoctrination with warfare.

See more info about the work here.

Robert Rauschenberg – Tibetan Garden Song

Robert Rauschenberg was one of the leading proponents of the American post-war Neo avant-garde. His practice is considered as pioneering one since the artist introduced the iconic Combines during the 1950s, which were upgraded assemblages e.g. objects made of non-traditional materials. Aside from these works, Rauschenberg also experimented much with printmaking, paper-making, photography, and performance.

The work Tibetan Garden Song from 1986 is a mixed media sculpture consisting of Chinese cello, chrome washtub, and Chinese scroll makers brush. It is sort of a ready-made and is probably a reaction on the difficult position of Tibet and its inability to gain independence.

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Luke Newton – Beads Thrill

The young British artist Luke Newton graduated from Saint Martin’s School and quickly started developing a successful career. He is entirely focused on the notions of everyday objects; as a matter of fact, in humorous manner, Newton hides famous images in QR codes, transforms IPods in weapons, and uses red stickers on canvas in order to dissect the meaning behind these objects.

Beads Thrill is mixed media work which reflects really good Newton’s intention to create multilayered objects reminiscent of vintage gadgets and tech sets which stimulate the imagination of the viewer and face them with new concept of communication so typical for present times.

See more info about the work here.

Lenz - Cocamolotov

Lenz is a French contemporary artist known for his graffiti and LEGO-inspired art. He started intensively painting the walls in early 2000s and since has managed to construct authentic aesthetic. Lenz experimented with various techniques and mediums until he returned to Lego, hs childhood love. This prolific artist became best known for the famous Nike Dunk sneakers which he made of LEGO in 2006.

The  Cocamolotov is a Lego based work which ironically comments the process of globalization and consumerism. By combining the world most famous beverage with the symbol of rebellion, Lenz articulates the hypocrisy of contemporary moment.

See more info about the work here.

Jeff Gillette - Banksy Minnie Nagasaki

The following artist is Jeff Gillette known for disturbing compositions featuring Disney characters in desolate and apocalyptic settings of slams. The satirical narratives he produces represent the artists’ social and political standpoints and can be perceived as allegories of contemporaneity.

The piece Banksy Minnie Nagasaki was produced in 2016, and it is a grandiose and terrifying composition which perfectly embodies Gillette’s aesthetic. By referring to the work of one of the best-known graffiti artists Banksy, Gillette makes a parallel to his subversive deeds and once again make a critical statement in regards to the devastating effects of consumerism.

See more info about the work here.

Gabriel Perez Raventos - Cafeomancia

Gabriel Perez Raventos is a Spanish artist devoted to finding objects and transforming them into artworks. His creative process starts spontaneously just by collecting the objects which are then being thought of thoroughly and contextualized properly.

Caféomancia is mix media work made of coffee filters and ink on canvas. It reflects the long and forgotten histories of coffee and the surrounding social an political contexts.

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Germes Gang - Untitled

Lisbon-based Germes Gang is a collective composed of four members focused mainly on street art interventions which are politically and socially charged. Their practice is embedded in sarcasm, and they perceive everything related to contemporary life traumatic. Germes Gang employs references from popular culture and with each work the collective explores various aspect of consumerism, so they incorporate both real and imaginary icons and famous brands.

They are especially known for using the logo of Lidl, the European chain of supermarkets, and this particular Untitled drawing belongs to the series focused on this brand.

See more info about the work here.

Jeff Koons - Pink Bow

Next up is Jeff Koons, who is undeniably one of the most celebrated contemporary artists on global scale. For more than three decades, he has been producing often over-sized and humorous objects. By using explicitly references from popular culture, Koons has gained attention very quickly and his practice became very popular, especially his balloon animals came to prominence, as well as the works done in collaboration with his wife Cicciolina, the famous adult movies superstar.

Pink Bow is a pigment print in colors on Japanese watercolor paper produced in 2013, and it represents Koons’ interest in mundane and glamorous everyday objects.

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Cyril Le Van - Ghetto Blaster

The last artist on the list is a French Cyril Le Van, known for using photography to capture the decay of everyday objects. They signify certain social identities and therefore reflect social circumstances and furthermore the issues such as globalization and consumerism. From photos printed on the cover, Le Van constructs his sculptures are installations with real scale.

Ghetto Blaster is an actual life-size three-dimensional photographic sculpture consisting of printed sheets of plastic and staples. This piece reflects the mentioned interest of Le Van in marking certain phenomenon and a certain era.

See more info about the work here.

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