(Above) Art piece by Martin Pyper using nails and string.
When you look around the room you are in right now, how many items do you see? How many of these items do you find useful? Can that stapler be used to do something more than attach papers together? Can that pen do more than write? Sometimes we are so comfortable with our surroundings that we don’t notice things that were there all along, and sometimes we are so used to using objects for what they were made to be used for that we don’t see other possible uses for them. This is unfortunate, as beautiful and amazing things can be made when imagination is the only limitation. This entry showcases a selection of artists who have thought beyond the stapler and the pen. Their work displays what is possible when we “think outside of the box.”
(Above) Akiko Ikeuchi makes beautiful art by tying thread together. They form really interesting vortices.
(Above) Dark Matters uses string and lighting techniques to get a digital-looking result.
Anne Lindberg creates stunning installations that utilizes thread.
(Above) Nick Gentry recycles old floppy disks and uses them as canvas for his paintings.
(Above) Janet Echelman makes breathtaking installations using fishnets and lighting.
(Above) Dana Tanamachi makes charming typographic art on chalkboards.
(Above) Christian Faur creates art by arranging crayons and using the tips to produce an image.
(Above) Diem Chau makes carved sculptures out of crayons.
Xia-xia Wan paints on layers of glass to create a 3D look.
Cha Jong-Rye uses wood to make highly textured pieces.
Below is a selection of magazine ads that also think outside the box to get the message across in engaging ways.
(Above) Loducca comes up with a way to showcase the safety of Peugeot 408 airbags.
(Above) This ad was made for Volkswagen to demonstrate to readers how their vehicles are technologically innovative. By combining print with technology, this ad was able to engage readers of all ages in a fun way.
Advertising Design and Arts Inspirations
(Above) An ad for Carlsberg beer effectively shows an alternative use for paper.