Friday Fun: Office Supply Art That’ll Blow Your Mind
Artists use lots of crazy things to make their masterpieces come to life. Ever hears of the hall of human hair at the Saatchi gallery? Or maybe even the chewing gum exhibit? Yuck! Artists can get pretty creative for the sake of their vision. We wondered if there were any office supply enthusiasts out there and as it turns out, there are! We were pretty amazed by the types of works that were possible using every day, run of the mill office basics. These artists use classic office staples in ways that prove anything can be magical. You just have to allow yourself to think outside the expected. Check out these amazing office supply art installments that’ll blow your mind.
Clear Packing Tape
Clear Packing Tape
This eerie spiderweb installment is made entirely of clear packing tape. This installation was created by design firm Numen/ For Use for a Berlin design festival. 530 rolls of tape were used to produce this installment and it took two days to erect. It’s backgrounded by a former stock exchange building that is no longer in use which amps up the creepy feel. This installment leaves you wondering where the giant spider might be.
Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki created this serene landscape atop a roll of standard duct tape. The landscape was carefully carved with a precision blade and was on display in Manchester’s Cornerhouse and C24 gallery. The exhibit featured other works made of various mundane items such as toothbrushes, pencil leads and towels.
Brown Packing Tape
This gorgeous piece is made from etched packing tape backgrounded by a light box. The artist, Max Zorn, models most of his works after every day urban scenes. What started off as street art has since turned into a successful fine art career. His process is even more impressive. You can see an awesome time lapse video on how he creates one of his masterpieces here.
French artist Baptiste Debombourg knows how to unleash some serious potential in the tiniest things. This artist considers himself a sculptor and draws his inspiration from classic works. His medium? Good old fashioned staples! This artist molds each staple into place with tedious precision to create these amazing pieces. He has definitely mastered the art of making something ordinary, extraordinary.
Indonesian artist Ghidaq al-Nizar knows how to use his left over coffee grinds to their fullest potential. He calls his work #zerowastecoffee and uses his morning’s leftover coffee grounds as his watercolors. His canvases are typically plant leaves or even his own breakfast plate. When it comes to being an artist, this is as green as it gets!
Ever wonder what to do with all of those cardboard boxes from all of that online shopping? Artist Devin Drake found a very creative way to make use of them. This Nashville based artist uses cardboard and glue to create interesting pieces such as this rooster. Each piece is intricately carved and glued to create this layered effect. Awesome job!
Italian artist Pietro D’Angelo’s choice of artistic expression is the trusty paper clip. The artist weaves and molds paperclips together to form various human figures and scenes. Pretty interesting.
Would you believe us if we told you that the canvas for this piece of art was bubble wrap? YEP, bubble wrap. Bradley Hart is a Canadian artist best known for his use of bubble wrap in his works. He creates photorealistic images by carefully injecting acrylic paint into each bubble. He creates portraits of everyday people and even celebrities. His most famous work is a portrait of Steve Jobs in which he filled 16,000 bubbles with almost 90 different colors to create the image.
Most of us use these little guys to hold important documents to our pin boards but Michigan artist Eric Daigh saw way more potential. Daigh has used over11,000 push pins to create a single image. What is truly amazing is that despite the wide range of colors displayed in his pieces, Daigh only uses 5 push pin colors to achieve them. Now that’s talent
An old warehouse in Japan was magically transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors using only one medium: Colored Tape. Artist Koji Iyama covered the floors from wall to wall with a rainbow pattern. The remaining rolls of tape dangled from the ceiling like ribbons defying gravity. He even covered the walls and a wayward bicycle to keep the effect. The installation was a commission to promote Mt Masking Tapes and visitors had the opportunity to buy their very own rolls at an onsite shop.
These little notes take on new life with this amazing art project. The left is called Directed Perspective. Each note is positioned slightly out of order which becomes apparent when viewed from an angle. But when you look at it head on, it seems perfectly aligned. These pieces are designed by artist Rebecca Murtaugh as part of a collection called color coded. The piece on the right also features rolled notes and is called Cyclical Perspective We love how both are creatively arranged into interesting and colorful patterns.
Upcycling and making mundane objects into something amazing is a past time for many people. A trend among welders is finding new and creative ways to upcycle scissors. A popular project has been to create creepy spiders! But spiders such as this one aren’t the only things that creative welders are making. Scorpions, dragons, birds of prey and many other fierce creatures are among the list of popular subjects that lend themselves to the medium. We love the end result. The fact that it’s upcycled also makes it that much cooler!