To protest our rampant commercialism and consumerism, some people choose to celebrate “buy nothing” days. Others live their lives off the grid. And then there’s artist Tom Pfannerstill, who chooses to voice his social criticism in the form of pieces of wood that’ve been carved and painted to resemble everyday street trash.
His series From The Street is made up of trompe l’oeil depictions of actual objects he stumbles across while out and about. It’s meant to speak to the effectiveness of marketing in the modern era, while serving as, in Pfannerstill’s words, “a tiny part of the fossil record, a small archeological artifact.” Mostly, though, we’re stunned that they aren’t actually pieces of trash mounted to a wall. Or are they?