Wednesday, February 22, 2012

margaret_loves Modern Art

 I love modern art. I was an art major in college, and now I am an elementary school art teacher, so this scene is a long-time coming. It was inspired by some large plastic nuts and bolts I found in a big bag of children's toys I bought at a thrift store. It had all kinds of random tiny goodness bits in the bag, and I played around with these in particular to see how I might use them.  I thought that just simply laying them down could look like a large iron sculpture, modern and industrial looking.

 I also wanted to use my new Barcelona day bed. It is the most detailed and beautiful Reac piece I have purchased thus far. It was pricey, ($32 with shipping) but it is so large and well designed that I think it is worth every penny. Especially since most upholstered miniature sofas cost about the same, and are nowhere near as realistic-looking. Anyway, it is a work of art on its own, but it also looked just like a lot of the leather benches in modern art museums. I added a few postcards from my collection and textured paper from Michael's to the walls and floor. I had previously put together some miniamalist wall art from Lego that I thought I could use, and to fill up some additional space I stacked some mirror cubes and building blocks, and created a stand from an acrylic table turned sideways and tops with an abstract sculpture I made from a couple of old hoop earrings I never wear. Its funny how easy it is to create "modern art" with a few simple objects. I just played around with them and bent them into a shape I liked. The whole scene only took about 15-20 minutes.


  1. I love the modern art and I'm thinking of selling off more of my houses and taking a 2 hour trip to Ikea just to get a lekman box. I just love the effect it has as a room box!

  2. I love the Lekman box! I took a 2-hour round trip to Ikea specifically for it, but of course I ended up buying a bunch of other stuff :) It is perfect since I don't have the room for a large house right now, plus very affordable and wonderful lighting. I have to credit Oese for turning me on to it. She has done some amazing stuff with it.

  3. How does the Barcelona day bed look next to something Barbie sized?

    ... and gah... I'm going to Ikea this weekend... I think I just found my "Must Get" purchase.

  4. You might be able to pull it off with 1:6 or Barbie scale items, it is about the size of a 1:12 bed.