Art World Game Changers–Who To Watch For Now

Art is not bound by rules or accepted norms. As we enter a new era of artistic freedom, more than ever, anything goes. Here are five of our favourite artists who are taking “out of the box” to a whole new level.


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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…literally! Leandro Granato considers himself the creator of the “eye painting” technique. Granato drips and squirts paint made of vegetable dyes from his tear ducts to produce his colourful masterpieces. The Buenos Aires native lost his grandfather at a young age and turned to art as a form of therapy. Although seemingly painful, the process is natural and Granato produces about 12 pieces a year. The artistic Argentine sells his paintings anywhere from $300 to $4500.

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Jean Shin is a Korean-born artist, currently living and working in New York City. She is best known for her labor-intensive, sculptural process of transforming accumulations of recycled objects into visually enthralling works of art. Her projects consist of countless seemingly identical objects, shifting the focus between the intimate and the excessive. Using just about anything she can collect in bulk, her inventory is filled with worn shoes, prescription pill bottles, broken umbrellas and more. Shin’s unique work is exhibited in museums across the United States.

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As a child, we’re constantly reminded not to play with our food, and we think Liz Hickok missed the memo. This San Francisco installation artist builds architectural models out of Jell-O. Hickok has recreated various famous landmarks, monuments and even entire skylines, all from the jiggly wiggly goodness. “This fragile and impermanent material, which we typically associate with childhood memories, has proved to be a very poetic expression of the city,” Hickok tells inhabitat of her idea when creating New York City. Once this medium melts, the only remnants of its existence are photos – perhaps a metaphor in itself?

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Maurizio Savini is an Italian sculptor known for making art out of chewing gum. Thirty-nine-year-old Savini considers an ordinary piece of chewing gum to be the most versatile medium out there. Yes, the pieces are actually chewed! Disgusting as it may seem, his original works of art have actually sold for up to $60,000. The intricate masterpieces have been exhibited worldwide, including in London, Edinburgh, Rome and Berlin.


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Tim Noble and Susan Webster are the two British artists behind the Shadow Sculptures. The elaborate masterpieces incorporate household garbage, scrap metal and other odds and ends. When light is shone onto the pile of trash, it truly becomes a treasure, incredibly resembling spot-on shadow profiles of the artists. “Dirty White Trash” has become one of their most notable works.

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