Using Advertising To Make Art

Ad people hitting on all cylinders may or may not be making art–we could debate the point for years–what it clear is that artists are increasingly making art from advertising.
Rodney White, a visual artist living in Brooklyn, is one such artist. Look at this brilliant composition and use of type (to say nothing of the messaging):
White descibes the inspiration for his pieces:

I see things everywhere and everyday that gives me some idea for my pieces. I love to visit flea markets and antique markets. I notice the natural aging of the things around us. Billboard signs, buildings, packages, and aging paper catch my attention. I seek to replicate the rusting and decaying look of the things I see.
I also love the natural deterioration of things, whether they are surfaces or objects. Things that have developed an aged, experienced look. Dirty things like antique labels, vintage posters and old books.

[via Advertising/Design Goodness via Kottke]



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.