Erik Jensen and the mosaics created from recycled PC keyboards

Erik Jensen and the mosaics created from recycled PC keyboards

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Art

Erik Jensen is from Utah, studied Art Education at Utah Valley University and was also a sculpture and drawing teacher at a high school. He has received several artistic awards over the years in 2010, 2017 and 2018 and has participated in numerous exhibitions as an artist. But what is your field of action?

He creates unique pieces, pictures, to be precise, obtained from unused computer keyboards for recycled works of art that have as raw material parts that not even large companies are able to recycle.

The keys undergo different processes before being fixed on the supports. It starts with cleaning, removing the keys, coloring, laying, gluing and finally framing a unique and spectacular work. The result is a super-colored mosaic.

The artist loves to reproduce paintings of art, from Van Gogh to Mondrian, Vermeer, Hokusai, but also logos of large companies such as Google, but also flowers, spirals, and landscapes. In short, his art ranges from one extreme to another for great results. The works are designed for display at home or in the office. Prints are also available in various sizes and custom orders are welcome.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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Zoerism’s street art that represents the decadence of our century

Zoerism’s street art that represents the decadence of our century

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Art

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the exponents of the nascent Futurism had found in the figure of the car, linked to the idea of speed, their main symbol. Today, almost a hundred years later, the car has evolved and changed and represents something totally different. Street artist Zoerism has made this object and other material goods his own, breaking them down and representing them on the immense walls of houses and buildings. 

Zoerism makes use of these elements to tell about our current situation and its decline, for this very reason the cars we see in its murals are neither of the latest generation nor very fast and fast, but close to being scrapped, forgotten. 

The reading of his works, however, often has a double face, one linked to a hyper-consumerist topicality, the other referring to the aspect of recycling. Being a society that consumes almost compulsively, but also a society in which the struggle for recycling and against waste is very active, his works can also hide a side of hope in a better future, in the construction of a bright and rushing tomorrow like the cars of the ’20s. 

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Kelly Malka fights for her ideas to the sound of illustrations

Kelly Malka fights for her ideas to the sound of illustrations

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Art

Found wandering around on Instagram, Kelly Malka‘s cartoon style combined with strong and deep themes impressed me. In fact, behind the colors, clothes and faces of hundreds of women she depicts are hidden messages related to themes more than actual. The acceptance of oneself and one’s body, the freedom to choose, equality between men and women, the mysterious and terrible world of mental illness are just some of the topics touched by Kelly’s pencil. 

The artist from Los Angeles who moved to San Francisco manages to take some sometimes cumbersome topics, dry them to the bone and give them a new and original shape, which unconsciously leads us to address and reflect on a problem. 

Below you’ll find some of Kelly Malka’s works, but to learn more visit her website where you can also buy her coloring book.

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Layla Chenyz’s minimal and macabre tattoos

Layla Chenyz’s minimal and macabre tattoos

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Art

Layla Chenyz is one of the tattoo artists who are part of and work at the Bebop Ink in Vancouver. I was captured by the minimalism and cleanliness of the shapes of her Instagram profile, then, going on to scroll through the gallery, I found myself in an endless world, a continuous loop, a bit like her creations. 

The protagonist of many of her tattoos, who impressively resembles Layla herself, is reflected endlessly in the mirrors, looks at herself on a television screen, or is literally divided in two as if one part of her body were in a time and the other in a totally different time. 

They are macabre creations that will disorient you a bit, then maybe you’ll want a tattoo like this. 

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“Ainda não” by André Mendes on exhibition at the Matéria gallery

“Ainda não” by André Mendes on exhibition at the Matéria gallery

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Art

Born in 1979, André Mendes was born in Curitiba (Brazil) and trained artistically between his country and Spain. Now, ten years after his first individual international exhibition, he arrives in Italy with a solo show that will overturn your conception of contemporary art. To host “Ainda não” (Not yet) until September 21 is Matéria, the gallery of contemporary art in Rome that for 4 years now is committed to promoting expressions related to contemporary artistic research, with a program designed to encourage experimentation and research. 

The spaces of Matéria lose their classic role of the exhibition gallery, becoming a place of creation, breaking down the boundary between laboratory and exhibition. But it is not the only border that is abolished, even the border between installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing becomes increasingly blurred. 

“Ainda não” shows us how a place can lose its canonical guise and reappear to the public in another form, with the aim of making the viewer part of the creative process.

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Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
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Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
Ainda nao di Andre Mendes in mostra presso la galleria Materia | Collater.al
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