Subversive Paintings by Blase

September 08, 2016

Artjacking

Subversive Paintings by Blase

Feeling blasé with art?  Slow down, take a closer look and maybe you will find unexpected details.  We certainly did a double-take when we spotted the subversive paintings by artist Blase on show at the House of Games exhibition at Maison & Objet in Paris.

Blase collects discarded old paintings, especially portraits, and doctors them by adding modern details, creating new works of art that are ironic and humorous in equal measures.  We particularly like the formal portrait of a fatherly figure who doesn't realise his trousers have been turned into panty-hose, or the serious looking gentleman who has been given a rolled-up dollar note and a credit card, ready to attack the pile of coke on the table behind him.  We can't think of a wittier way to upcycle and breathe new life into old paintings.

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Who said furniture can't be fun and even subversive?  Check out the Robox bookshelf and Twine coffee table from Casamania and the A La Carte side table from Seletti.

 
 

Lighting can be light-hearted too.  The Twee T. suspension light from Casamania is baed on a bird in a cage, whilst the Maman light from Seletti resembles an out-of-control octopus.  For a techno touch try the Moto wall light from Moustache.

 
 

We love accessories that are slightly surreal, like the Inception dish rack from Seletti, the Pierre coat hanger from Moustache and the Holy Homes bird mosque from Frederik Roije.

 
 

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