06 April 2011

Kitchen Art?

It might be a fairly narrow field of interest, but some fine artists have eschewed the classic bowl of fruit or life model over the years to make their subject the humble household appliance.

Washing Machine by Roy Lichtenstein (1961) The Kitchen by Pablo Picasso

There have been many pictures set in the household, or depict an everyday scene, but it wasn’t until part way into the last century that artists started to see the ‘beauty’ in home appliances.Pop artists in the 50s and 60s really embraced the idea of the commonplace as art, as evidenced by deliberately ironic work such as:

Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? Richard Hamilton (1956)

Washing Machine by Roy Lichtenstein (1961) This image was almost made for 0800 Repair

And finally, in this mini-round-up anyway, there is The Kitchen by Pablo Picasso (1948) – look closely and you can even see the… well, if you really squint you can… oh, I give up – not even sure this one is the right way round!

On the other hand, you can make art WITH your appliances too! Here’s a samurai warrior made entirely from washing machine drums:

washing machine samurai


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