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Artist Transforms Nature With Unexpected Everyday Objects [Pics]

Turkish artist creates 3D pieces that explore the new potential in mundane items.

Daniela Walker
Daniela Walker on June 19, 2013. @emptyofpocket

Mehmet Ali Uysal’s 3D installations make a person stop and look twice. The Turkish artist takes commonplace artifacts such as clothespins and frames, and places them in new contexts to create works of whimsy and wonder.

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Perhaps best known for his giant clothespin pinching the earth of Chaudfontaine Park in the outskirts of Liege, Belgium, Uysal’s work transforms the space around it. He often uses walls – normally a boundary in the gallery world – and manipulates them to change the space. Doing everything from augmenting drywall so it wraps around as if it were toilet paper, to creating a wall that peels away from the gallery to reveal brick beneath, Uysal’s work redefines what viewers assume traditional gallery art could be. Says Uysal:

I have always conceived the wall as flexible. It can be manipulated, deformed and rearranged. For me, walls are permeable and a point where spaces intersect and converse.

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See some of Uysal’s work in the gallery below:

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