An artist is sometimes not unlike an engineer, with the ability to see things for their size and shape while temporarily ignoring their purpose or their context in the world. Berlin-based Martin Roller is one such artist. Roller puts that ability to work on found objects, transforming ‘everyday’ things into fantastic, even outlandish things. His work is part mashup, part physical collage, and all amusing.
Some of Roller’s more “out there” pieces are based on reducing items to their shape, and reconsidering how those shapes might be used. He crafted a makeshift slingshot from a gingham bra, suggesting that the cups could be used to launch two green apples positioned nearby. A discarded toothbrush adopts a new function for a clock that needed a hand.
In each of his pieces, Roller has carefully considered all elements of the composition. It’s not only a question of whether the items fit together, but also of what they might say when they do. He molds cooked spaghetti into the shape of a hand gun, for instance, and then adorns it with bright red tomato sauce—suggestive of the blood a gun is capable of spilling. Should this be considered as a statement piece? If so, what does it say? It has a very “leave the gun, take the cannoli” kind of air, if you ask me.
Roller’s sometimes-edible collage works are nothing if not unique. That said, you can purchase prints. He sells them through his website.