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Art Made From Unconventional Materials (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

First Posted: 09/30/11 04:16 AM ET   Updated: 11/29/11 05:12 AM ET

Artists always seem to want to show that they're capable of something new and different. From trash to food, anything is fair game and these artists use their materials in a way that transcends their original purpose, creating true art.

The materials aren't just unconventional though, the artists aren't just trying to be wacky, they're attempting to challenge the way people thing about everyday objects. Artist Liza Lou covers an entire kitchen in beads, a feat that took her five years and won her a McArthur "genius" Grant. Chris Ofili's use of elephant dung in his depiction of the Virgin Mary caused former New York Mayor to describe the artist's work as "sick." Are these artists weirdos or visionaries? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Medium: Beads
Artist: Liza Lou

Liza Lou's desire to work in beads rather than in paint made her an outcast in the art world. However, her 1991-1995 work "Kitchen," in which she covered every surface in a kitchen with beads gained her the recognition she deserves.

Photo credit: Flickr: hansecoloursmay
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