One person’s trash is another person’s treasure – redefined

A few weeks ago I went to check out the Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design(MAD). The exhibit is the first for the MAD museum which opened in September 2008 and features both established and emerging artists from all around the world.

The artists created installations and works of art out of everyday-manufactured items – think shoes, magazine pages, reading glasses, records, album covers, shopping bags to name a few.  

I must admit I went in uncertain about what to expect since I tend to enjoy the more traditional forms of art, say Monet’s Sunrise. I came out very impressed. There is something to be said for understanding the banality of the objects being used. On some level, you feel as though you can relate to the art because you are familiar with all of the objects.

The diversity of the artists was truly a fascinating feature of the exhibit because it gives the impression that you are getting a glimpse of culture from the far reaches of the globe.

The highlight is Paul Villinski’s “Transformative Destruction” where old records are cut out into butterfly shapes fluttering out of a record player.

The work by Nigerian artist, Nnenna Okore, was also captivating. She actually designs functional lamps out of different color paper. To her “necessity often inspired the improvisation that transforms discarded materials into useful tools and accessories.”

The Japanese artist, Yuken Teruya, makes unbelievable cut outs from the side of disposable paper bags. Let’s just say you really need to see it to believe it. He remarks that “mostly humble and commonplace objects may reflect industry and cultural values that are across geography, economy and political boundaries.” 

While I’ve only listed 3 of the artists, I really could go on and on because so many artists are truly worthy of mention: Cornelia Parker, Stuart Haygarth, Al Anatsui, and Ai Weiwei.

These works are a great example of how something recycled can have the appearance of something fresh and unique.

So the next time you go to throw something away, think of what piece of art could come out of it.  Even if you don’t end up doing anything with it, it’s interesting to know that the possibilities are endless.

Check it out: The exhibit goes until April 19, 2009

Learn more about Vanessa

Related posts:

(Videos) Summer Style: 5 Quick, Easy & Chic Ponytails
Summer Solstice Yoga Events
FREE Makeup Bag Filled with Samples at Sephora


  • I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100 certain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

  • certainly like your website but you need to
    check the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it
    very bothersome to tell the reality then again I will definitely come again again.

  • Wow, this paragraph is good, my sister is analyzing these kinds of things,
    therefore I am going to convey her.

  • Hey there, You have done a great job. I’ll certainly digg
    it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m sure they will be
    benefited from this site.

  • Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through
    this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for

  • Hi there, I would like to subscribe for this web site to get newest updates, so
    where can i do it please help.

  • excellent issues altogether, you simply won a brand new reader.
    What might you recommend about your publish that you simply made some days in the past?
    Any certain?

  • As soon as I discovered this web site I went on reddit to
    share some of the love with them.

  • Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog
    and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog
    posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  • I think the admin of this site is really working hard for his site, since here every data is quality based material.

  • I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or blog posts
    in this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website.
    Reading this information So i’m happy to show
    that I’ve a very just right uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed.
    I such a lot undoubtedly will make certain to do not put out of your mind this site and
    provides it a glance on a relentless basis.

  • What i don’t understood is if truth be told how you’re no longer really a lot more smartly-preferred than you may be right now.

    You are so intelligent. You realize therefore significantly when it comes to
    this topic, produced me in my opinion imagine
    it from so many numerous angles. Its like women and men are not fascinated until it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga!
    Your personal stuffs great. Always handle it

  • Hi! I’ve been following your web site for a long time now and finally got the bravery
    to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Texas!

    Just wanted to say keep up the excellent job!

  • Hi there, I enjoy reading through your article post.
    I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

  • wonderful put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the other experts of this sector do not understand this.
    You should proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base

  • Simply wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your put up is just great and i could think you’re knowledgeable on this subject. Fine along with your permission let me to grab your feed to stay up to date with impending post. Thanks one million and please carry on the rewarding work.

  • I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of
    house . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this website.
    Reading this information So i’m glad to show that I have an incredibly
    excellent uncanny feeling I found out just what
    I needed. I most surely will make sure to do not omit this web site and
    give it a look regularly.

  • It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable experience
    on the topic of unpredicted feelings.

  • Hello! I understand this is kind of off-topic but I needed to
    ask. Does managing a well-established blog like yours
    require a massive amount work? I’m completely new to operating a blog however I do write in my journal daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can share my personal experience and views online.

    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners.

  • I read this piece of writing fully on the topic of
    the difference of hottest and earlier technologies, it’s amazing article.

  • I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this kind
    of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website.
    Studying this information So i’m satisfied to exhibit that I have a very just right uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I needed.
    I so much undoubtedly will make certain to don?t omit this site and
    provides it a glance regularly.

  • Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

  • What i don’t realize is actually how you’re not really a lot
    more smartly-appreciated than you might be now. You’re so intelligent.
    You know therefore considerably in relation to this topic, produced me in my opinion believe it from so
    many numerous angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be interested until it is one thing to accomplish with
    Woman gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. At all times deal with it up!
    Gamefly 3 month free trial

  • Appreciating the persistence you put into your website and in depth information you
    offer. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while
    that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Excellent read!
    I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my
    Google account.

  • Excellent post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks!

  • I do not even know how I finished up right here, however I thought this publish was great.
    I do not understand who you might be however definitely you are going to a famous blogger when you aren’t already.

  • I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you’re
    going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;)

  • you’re really a good webmaster. The web site loading speed is amazing. It seems that you are doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a great job on this topic!

  • Very good website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get comments from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Cheers!|

  • I just could not depart your website before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard information a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often in order to check up on new posts