CULTURE & ARTS
08/24/2013 01:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Everyday Household Items Transformed Into Dazzling Visual Landscapes

Upon first glance, Nick Albertson's geometrically-inclined works look like they were ripped right out of the modern art canon. Yet look closer and you'll notice that sharp-edged optical feast is actually a jumble of household supplies.

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Brown Paper Bags

Finding inspiration in the bottom of desk drawers and kitchen cabinets, Albertson turns household materials into the most refined of artistic media, turning their shapes into hypnotic tessellations. "I hope that the viewer can get lost in them, become enveloped," Albertson wrote in an email to the Huffington Post. "I like the tension that the photographs have between being beautiful and referencing high art forms like abstract paintings, and on the other hand being made quite literally of throwaway materials."

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Hangers

The Boston-born artist only uses materials he can buy in bulk, such as rubber bands, plastic straws, paper napkins and brown paper bags. The mass-production of the chosen items juxtaposed with the idea of the unique, irreplaceable work of art creates a stark conceptual contrast that heightens the drama of the visuals. Do these photos inspire you to alter your recycling habits? Let us know in the comments.

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Masking Tape

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Paper Plates

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Pink Napkins
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Sandwich Bags
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Straws
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Straws
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Straws
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White Napkins
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Rubber Bands

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