One of my favorite things in art is when a skill is really pushed and explored to see where it can go and what boundaries it can break. Check out a few contemporary artists experimenting with this concept after the jump…
Here are five artists that have taken skills based in traditional crafting and turned them into great conceptual works of art.
1. Luke Haynes creates contemporary quilts out of pieces of used clothing. This piece is from "the American Context" series which explores iconic imagery from American Art lore.
2. Peter Callesen transforms plain white paper into 3-dimensional sculptures of freedom and imagination. They come to life while still being bound to their origin without the possibility of escape.
3. Charles Clary is another papercut artist who builds the most incredible, intricate topographic landscape installations.
4. Cayce Zavaglia's extremely detailed painterly portraits are entirely created with embroidery.
5. Arlene Mintzer crochets stunning and playful hyperbolic coral reefs from hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn.
Images: As linked above.