Modern art – Thinking outside the canvas

I’ve noticed numerous articles lately about artists stepping outside the norm when choosing their medium of preference (ie – canvas, paper, metal/stone sculpting, pottery, painting, chalk, etc.).  I know strange and outrageous art has been created for far longer than any of us have been alive, but it seems to me at least, that most of those pieces are recognized purely because of their “shock factor.”  Like smearing human excrement on a canvas instead of using paint and brushes.  Or (literally) defacing a copy of the Mona Lisa after hastily drawing a mustache on her upper lip.  And has anyone ever fully understood performance art??  I enjoy doodling from time to time, painting, and some very basic photo editing every now and then and I have felt some inspiration brewing from deep within after seeing some of the examples from the following artists.  After taking a couple of trips to the bathroom, I came to the realization that it indeed, was inspiration that was brewing.

(Note for the computer illiterate:  Underlined text  is a hyperlink – intended to be clicked on for more information.)

Etched in time

The first article was about a budding hipster with an unhealthy infatuation with a blast from the past – the Etch-A-Sketch.  George Vlosich III has turned many of the 80’s generation toys into beautiful works of art with one pain-staking turn of the knob after another.  You can see pictures of his masterpieces at his official site.

Americana Etch-A-Sketch

Out of his gourd

The second story that caught my eye comes out annually right around Halloween.  This one entails the hobby of a maniacal art teacher with a twisted side that involves pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.  Ray Villafane claims to be able to put out these sculpted marvels in approximately 2 hours!  You can see more of his work at HIS official site.


CGI at its finest: The REAL Simpsons

 Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, you know I was totally enthralled with The Simpsons.  One morning I logged on to my computer and noticed a link regarding a three-dimensional model of what Homer Simpson would look like in real life.  Thoroughly intrigued, I clicked the link and found some amazing pictures of not just Homer Simpson, but Jessica Rabbit, Stewie Griffin, and Mario done solely by photo manipulation using Adobe Photoshop.  More works by this artist can be seen at his blog.

Homer Simpson - untooned

Disappearing act

More recently, I stumbled across this gem of an article.  Some might think that Liu Bolin has the easy job.  He just has to measure the exact angle of his camera placement, then sit perfectly still, often for hours on end while his assistants have to do all of the hard work such as the mapping of his surroundings and actually applying the images to his body.  You can see images from his complete gallery here.

Caught in the act

Bent objects

Even more recently, my attention was drawn to this article about Terry Border.  Residing in Indianapolis has plenty of perks, but I’m not very familiar with many cultural aspects of what my fair city has to offer.  And being a relatively simple thinker, I thoroughly enjoy the not-so-finer things in life like a good hot dog or PB&J.  So you can imagine the joy of discovering the timeless offerings that Mr. Border has to offer.  Check out more of his stuff at his blog

Cereal Killer


Sometimes I sit in awe at the sheer creativity that people can possess.  In the past, I would probably be jealous and even covet the notoriety that goes along with recognized brilliance.  But now, I mostly understand that we can all sit back and enjoy other people’s ideas without needing to be a part of it.  We each have our talents, we just need to recognize and embrace them.  I haven’t found my claim to fame yet, and I’m okay with that. 

Thank you, that is all.


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