Monday, March 23, 2009

"Ghost in the Machine"

Art as I am sure you are aware can be pretty subjective at times. Traditional art is a little to pedestrian for my tastes, but it doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the works of Rembrandt or Michelangelo. I can, however my taste in art tends to stray from the norm just a bit.
Check this out ... I could definitely see these two hanging on my walls.
Called "Ghost in the Machine," this artwork from iri5 uses some kind of "cassette" to recreate the likenesses of popular musicians. Apparently, cassettes were used for music and seduction, by way of a "mix tape."
But more seriously, this is a pretty ingenious use of older gadget-y materials to make something inspiring and new. There's also a Bob Dylan, as well as a Marilyn Monroe made from an old movie reel. Says the artist:
I am an artist who specializes in using non traditional media… old books, cassettes
, playing cards, magazines, credit cards… whatever I can find. It feels great to work with strange, older materials. Things that have a mind of their own. Most everything I use has been thrown away or donated at some point. Past its prime, like some of the finest things in the world.

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