Technology has become junk to me, but as such I feel a great deal of empathy for leftover, abandoned electronic junk. Such detritus becomes a mirror of ourselves—circuits, cables, and hard drives mimic our tissues, nervous systems, brains, etc.—but above all, these technologies die, just as we do. In its obsolescence, technology becomes utterly human.
—Daniel Canogar, BOMB 2011
ReCraft Your Paper: Paper Cuts by Peter Callesen
“A4”…It is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today. According to Peter, this is why we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet, he feels He has found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.
“The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts”.
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Using a bit of secret software trickery, jewelry tweezers, double-sided tape, glue, epic mountains of patience, and…wait for it… over 221,000 candy sprinkles, Joel Brochu created this awesome pixelated mosaic of a rather cute beagle based on a photo originally taken by Shingo Uchiyama.
From start to finish, this bathing beagle took a total of 8 months to create. It was such a long process that Brochu almost gave up. “Halfway through, I was ready to abandon the project entirely. Looking at what remained to be done was daunting, but, at the same time I was dying to see the finished piece. I couldn’t stop. I had to finish it. I wouldn’t let myself give up no matter how much I wanted to.”
Astonishingly, Brochu only used 6 colors of sprinkles to create this 4-feet by 1 1/2-foot photorealistic piece. The final image is best viewed at a distance of 16 feet. In total, 221,184 nonpareils sprinkles were used. Amazing.
Head over to My Modern Metropolis to see more photos of the candy bathing beagle!
Ai Wei Wei welded thousands of bicycles together for a piece he calls Forever Bicycles.
It’s part of an exhibit Absent in Taiwan, which he’s actually unable to attend since he was imprisoned by the Chinese government in April and forbidden to leave Beijing for a year.