Odd Art

March 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm (art) (, , , , , , )

What do sheep, burger grease, the London tube have in common? Why, they’re all art of course – wonderfully odd, odd art.

Here is a round-up of five contemporary artists who are pushing artistic conventions and, frankly, taste.

5. The Mona Greasa 

You already know that fast-food is bad for you, but now you can literally see just how bad. American artist Phil Hansen has used both burger and fry grease to make his art. He used 14 burgers to make a 12 ft Mona Lisa.

4. Ruislip Rhythmns

Ben Langham is a London based engineer-cum-DJ who likes to record the sounds of the Underground. He takes a digital recorder with him into London’s tube system, capturing anything from escalators to passing trains, and then mixes them into dance tracks.

“I liked the idea of having this concept, noises from behind the scenes on the tube which the general public don’t get to listen to.” said Ben.

Picture: little pollo

Picture: little pollo

3. Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas creates 6ft portraits (left) out of the humble biro. In an interview in Metro, Casas said he ventured away from oil painting for a bit of fun but then ended up coming second in a national art competition. “It was an academic competition and I knew they would think my entry was a joke. It was a real shock it was so successful.”

2. Heads and Tales by Heide Hatry

New York based Hatry creates her portraits out of untreated pigskin which covers sculpted  clay, raw flesh for the lips and fresh pig eyes, “in order that the resulting portrait would appear as if it were looking at the viewer with a vital expression which the photographer had just captured at that moment.

“In fact, a photographer taking a picture of a model does more or less what I’ve done with my sculptures: the model will be made up, its hair will be done, appropriate lighting and pose will be chosen, etc.”

1. Extreme shepherding.

The Baaa-Studs – a troupe of men from Wales – took to the hills armed with sheep, sheep-dogs and special LED sheep-sized “jackets”. And then there was art. Among the creations: a fireworks display, a giant sheep, a game of Pong and the Mona Lisa.

In using sheep as a medium, The Baaa-Studs challenge our perception of what constitues art. By blurring the boundary between art and farming, they make a profound comment on the taut relationship between culture and Nature. Or something.

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