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Unlikely props

Art has always reflected the era we live in.
At a time when mass consumption has reached a record high, art has become a concrete means to denounce the excesses of our society as it is today althewhile offering solutions and alternatives to them.

Playing with the utilitarian aspect of an object to turn it into a piece of art is a recent approach that reveals the issues of overconsumption and waste.
« Make beauty out of ashes » could be many artists’ motto, like Marcel Duchamp who was a pioneer in the field with his « ready made » works, or even César.
By recycling and recuperating objects and reinterpreting their primary functions, some artists have turned everything and nothing into new artistic materials. Creating visually interesting pieces, they invite us to think different !

Artsper has selected a series of original artworks that all have props so unlikely they influence the meaning, originality and esthetic value of the work.

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Michel Dubois, Ruki, Photography

Michel Dubois

Ruki, 2012
50 x 40 cm
Photography

€1 200

Luca Gnizio, FORDesert - Tableau, Sculpture

Luca Gnizio

FORDesert - Tableau, 2016
55 x 100 x 35 cm
Sculpture

€4 300

Debra Ramsay, Winter's desire, Painting

Debra Ramsay

Winter's desire, 2015
51 x 77 cm
Painting

Sold out

In time for Christmas
Karl Lagasse, One Dollar White, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

One Dollar White, 2014
73 x 150 x 1 cm
Sculpture

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In time for Christmas
Guillaume Lamazou, To dress up, Photography

Guillaume Lamazou

To dress up, 2013
20 x 20 x 3 cm
Photography

€100

Aranthell, Masque visage, Sculpture

Aranthell

Masque visage, 2014
20 x 15 x 7 cm
Sculpture

€60

Eric Zener, Surfacing, Drawing

Eric Zener

Surfacing, 2014
81 x 104 cm
Drawing

€36 000

Petros Chrisostomou, Spondilos, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Spondilos, 2007
35 x 27 cm
Photography

€1 500

Isaac Cordal, Insolated in the Modern Outdoors, Sculpture

Isaac Cordal

Insolated in the Modern Outdoors, 2016
34 x 33 x 16 cm
Sculpture

€1 400

Petros Chrisostomou, Forever, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Forever, 2008
35 x 27 cm
Photography

€1 500

Mazel & Jalix, Petit citron, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petit citron, 2016
36 x 17 x 24 cm
Sculpture

€4 200

In time for Christmas
Rero, Who cares, Painting

Rero

Who cares, 2012
130 x 130 cm
Painting

€14 000

Alessandro Vianello, Crushed Coca-Cola Silver-W, Sculpture

Alessandro Vianello

Crushed Coca-Cola Silver-W, 2016
75 x 50 cm
Sculpture

€490

Michel Dubois, Suzanne, Photography

Michel Dubois

Suzanne, 2008
96 x 80 cm
Photography

€2 500

Fieroza Doorsen, Untitled (Id. 352), Painting

Fieroza Doorsen

Untitled (Id. 352), 2014
31 x 25 cm
Painting

€1 416

Emily Marjot, Happy Pills IV, Sculpture

Emily Marjot

Happy Pills IV, 2013
25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€187

Monika Czarska, Composition VII, Painting

Monika Czarska

Composition VII, 2010
20 x 20 cm
Painting

€200

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe, Surtout ne pas lâcher, Sculpture

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe

Surtout ne pas lâcher, 2016
98 x 55 x 10 cm
Sculpture

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Fat, Ménilmontant, Painting

Fat

Ménilmontant, 2016
35 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

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Wolf Vostell, Composition pour les JO, Print

Wolf Vostell

Composition pour les JO, 1992
90 x 63 cm
Print

€300

Michel Dubois, Arza, Photography

Michel Dubois

Arza, 2012
50 x 40 cm
Photography

€1 200

Petros Chrisostomou, Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), 2008
100 x 80 x 5 cm
Photography

€4 500

In time for Christmas
Pascal Pilate, Voir au-delà, Painting

Pascal Pilate

Voir au-delà, 2016
20 x 20 x 4 cm
Painting

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Larbi Cherkaoui, Sans titre, Drawing

Larbi Cherkaoui

Sans titre, 2015
80 x 120 x 5 cm
Drawing

€4 800

In time for Christmas
Felipe Gayo, Epiderme frissonnant de la terre, Painting

Felipe Gayo

Epiderme frissonnant de la terre, 2014
100 x 100 cm
Painting

€11 000

Tilman, Anywhere Now 19.15, Sculpture

Tilman

Anywhere Now 19.15, 2015
110 x 120 x 4 cm
Sculpture

€7 535

In time for Christmas
Natasha Lacroix, State of mind II, Print

Natasha Lacroix

State of mind II, 2014
98 x 170 cm
Print

€3 900

Tsuyu, Still Life, Sculpture

Tsuyu

Still Life, 2010
39 x 50 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€1 500

In time for Christmas
Albert Chubac, Untitled, Drawing

Albert Chubac

Untitled, 1980
65 x 50 cm
Drawing

€2 500

Junko Matsumoto, Echo Left + Echo Right, Painting

Junko Matsumoto

Echo Left + Echo Right, 2001
50 x 37 cm
Painting

€580

Enitram, Bouquet Multicolor, Painting

Enitram

Bouquet Multicolor, 2014
97 x 146 x 4 cm
Painting

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In time for Christmas
Natasha Lacroix, Monument, Print

Natasha Lacroix

Monument, 2014
100 x 200 cm
Print

€3 900

Sovann Nou, Untitled 30, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 30, 2016
80 x 80 x 5 cm
Painting

€2 300

Brno Del Zou, Ailatan #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Ailatan #2, 2013
100 x 90 x 16 cm
Photography

€3 200

Tsuyu, Water / Mother Lime Green, Sculpture

Tsuyu

Water / Mother Lime Green, 2016
50 x 15 x 15 cm
Sculpture

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Nal-Vad, Sans titre, Painting

Nal-Vad

Sans titre, 2012
51 x 53 x 3 cm
Painting

€1 500

Petros Chrisostomou, Untitled (Studio, Jackson Avenue), Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Untitled (Studio, Jackson Avenue), 2013
35 x 27 cm
Photography

€1 500

Nal-Vad, Niconu-Nivu, Painting

Nal-Vad

Niconu-Nivu, 2012
68 x 68 x 5 cm
Painting

€2 500

In time for Christmas
Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série "Magie du Chaos", Drawing

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Série "Magie du Chaos", 2015
30 x 30 cm
Drawing

€250

In time for Christmas
Pascal Pilate, Circle purple, Painting

Pascal Pilate

Circle purple, 2016
127 x 127 x 6 cm
Painting

€7 700

Bastien Cuenot, Wild World, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Wild World, 2013
25 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€2 800

Christian Quisenberry, Prada, Print

Christian Quisenberry

Prada, 2015
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Print

€350

Ben, Je suis dans la lune, Painting

Ben

Je suis dans la lune, 2013
76 x 76 x 6 cm
Painting

€18 000

In time for Christmas
Tsuyu, The Weight of Our Wings, Sculpture

Tsuyu

The Weight of Our Wings, 2012
6 x 19 x 11 cm
Sculpture

€650

Dan Rawlings, Destruction, Sculpture

Dan Rawlings

Destruction, 2012
35 x 150 x 6 cm
Sculpture

€2 220

Caroline Leite, 291215_201315 - Au bord de nuit, Photography

Caroline Leite

291215_201315 - Au bord de nuit, 2016
20 x 15 x 1 cm
Photography

€630

Jérôme Mesnager, La liberté guidant le peuple, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

La liberté guidant le peuple, 2016
264 x 320 x 4 cm
Painting

€30 000

In time for Christmas
Claudia Malaguti, Connect-me, Sculpture

Claudia Malaguti

Connect-me, 2010
45 x 47 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€3 400

In time for Christmas
Victoriano, Crouching tiger, Painting

Victoriano

Crouching tiger, 2015
70 x 69 x 3 cm
Painting

€2 000

Nicolas Cazalé, L'envol, Sculpture

Nicolas Cazalé

L'envol, 2016
106 x 115 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€3 500

Peter Soriano, L.I.C., Painting

Peter Soriano

L.I.C., 2015
38 x 98 cm
Painting

€2 493

In time for Christmas
Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 1, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

Valise-Mémoire 1, 2012
45 x 65 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€1 600

Theo Haggai, Tampax, Drawing

Theo Haggai

Tampax, 2015
130 x 70 x 1 cm
Drawing

€1 800

Brno Del Zou, Léna, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Léna, 2014
100 x 80 x 16 cm
Photography

€3 200

Robert Sgarra, Marilyn, Painting

Robert Sgarra

Marilyn, 2016
105 x 90 cm
Painting

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In time for Christmas
Giuliano Gaigher, Metterre in Movimento, Sculpture

Giuliano Gaigher

Metterre in Movimento, 2016
35 x 32 x 9 cm
Sculpture

€2 800

Gaia du Rivau, Grand Bazar, Painting

Gaia du Rivau

Grand Bazar, 2014
100 x 69 x 1 cm
Painting

€1 450

Tsuyu, Necropolis, Sculpture

Tsuyu

Necropolis, 2009
150 x 60 x 60 cm
Sculpture

€4 500

In time for Christmas
Steven D. Gagnon, Esso oil can, Print

Steven D. Gagnon

Esso oil can, 2006
104.1 x 86.4 x 5.1 cm
Print

€4 000

In time for Christmas
Theo Haggai, Untitled, Painting

Theo Haggai

Untitled, 2014
100 x 142 cm
Painting

€1 800

Guillaume Lamazou

France

Monika Czarska

Poland

Koffi Mens

Burkina Faso

Carine Manjoo

France

Alessandro Vianello

Italy

Larbi Cherkaoui

Morocco

Tilman

Germany

Caroline Leite

France

Nicolas Cazalé

France

Giuliano Gaigher

Italy

Pascal Pilate

France

Eric Zener

United States

Sovann Nou

France

Luca Gnizio

Italy

Etcaetera

France

Jean-Michel Faudemer

France

Nal-Vad

France

Natasha Lacroix

France

Enitram

Monaco

Victoriano

Spain

Gaia du Rivau

France

Eskos

France

Mazel & Jalix

France

Eugène Barricade

France

Tuco

France

Laurent Simon

Belgium

Magali Lambert

France

Mata7ik

Belgium

Zoola Moofoo

Belgium

AWA Production

France

Claudia Malaguti

Brazil

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Italy

Junko Matsumoto

Japan

Peter Soriano

United States

Debra Ramsay

United States

Isaac Cordal

Spain

Fat

France

Christian Quisenberry

Ireland

Wolf Vostell

Germany

Onemizer

France

Boom Art

France

Felipe Gayo

France

Joanna Glazer

Belgium

Emily Marjot

United Kingdom

Rero

France

Fieroza Doorsen

South Africa

Aaron

France

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe

France

Pénélope

France

Jérémie Paul

Guadeloupe

Albert Chubac

France

Aranthell

France

Dan Rawlings

United Kingdom

Bastien Cuenot

France

Olivier Sultan

France

Petros Chrisostomou

United Kingdom

TieRi Trademark

France

Michel Dubois

France

Steven D. Gagnon

United States

Robert Sgarra

France