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Insect Excretion Artworks

Fly Paintings by John Knuth is At Once Beautiful and Disgusting

— July 16, 2013 — Unique
At first there might not appear to be anything particularly impressive about the Fly Paintings by John Knuth, an artist born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and based in Los Angeles, California. The use of dark colors and abstract imagery seems very familiar. Yet it is the assumption that they were created using standard paints that lead to this misinterpretation.

In reality, the Fly Paintings by John Knuth were created with the help of over 250,000 common house flies, hence its name. The American artist fed the flies a combination of sugar, water and colored pigments that they proceeded to regurgitate all over the canvases they were placed on. The results are pixelated images that are at once beautiful and disgusting. The process is especially disgusting at the accompanying video shows, but even then there is beauty.
Trend Themes
1. Insect-generated Art - The use of insects to create artwork presents a unique and disruptive innovation opportunity in the art industry.
2. Bio-based Materials - Exploring the use of insect excretions as a bio-based material opens up possibilities for sustainable product development and design.
3. Unconventional Art Mediums - Artists can experiment with unconventional materials like insect excretions to create novel and provocative works of art.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - The art and design industry can embrace the use of insect-generated art as a means to push artistic boundaries and challenge traditional mediums.
2. Sustainable Product Development - Insect excretions can be explored as a sustainable and eco-friendly material alternative in industries like fashion, interior design, and product manufacturing.
3. Science and Research - Scientists and researchers can study the properties of insect excretions to uncover new applications in fields such as materials science and bioengineering.
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