South Africa is known for having more than its fair share of violent crime. Now, two artists from the country have teamed up to make some art on the subject that really stands out. They have taken a selection of modern weapons and objects used in the violence afflicting the country and playfully removed their violent nature, re-contextualizing them as they allow viewers to re-evaluate the place those objects hold in their everyday lives.
The work of Daniel Ting Chong and Jordan Metcalf, the artworks were made out of cut plywood, with etched grooves and black paint to highlight the top surface details. The pieces have a crisp, clean, designerly look that completely transmutes the raw, evil purposes they represent. Further adding to their non-violent nature, most pieces have words or phases which add a cheerful edge. See more of the two intriguing artists work at danieltingchong.com and jordan-metcalf.com.