When Michael Johansson isn’t treating his art like real-life Tetris, he’s making life-size injection molded “assembly kits” of everyday objects. Need a new hair dryer or lawn mower? Don’t worry, he’s got you covered with all the pieces flat packed on a board, ready to break off and build. His whimsical art pays homage to the plastic model kits of our youth (ok, I’m still obsessed), where our favorite cars, planes and ships were all waiting for us in in one small box.[see_also]
The method behind Johansson’s work is really quite simple. He takes apart everyday appliances, arranges them into an organized pattern and attaches them to a welded framework of metal. The final touch is to paint them one solid color to mimic the raw, injection molded plastic you would find when you open the kit.
Perhaps the best example of his work – and the most comical – is his life-sized “Toys’R’Us” Dinghy. It features everything you’d need to get on the water – from oars and an outboard motor, to fenders and an anchor. The best part about it? The entire “un-assembled” kit still floats on the water.
You can see more work from the Swedish artist at michaeljohansson.com.