The London based artist uses old tennis rackets and random electronic pieces to create mesmerizing works of art. Ulian creates abstract faces and constellation in these unique pieces. (Image credit: Leonardo Ulian)


London based artist Leonardo Ulian took advantage of self-isolation to create new works of art that bring together two different worlds. His new Contrived Object series merges ordinary analog objects with electronic pieces found in digital devices. The latest work in his series finds him combining old tennis rackets with random electronic pieces strewn into its net, creating an abstract face. Others look like constellations.


“The egg shape of the “head” of these vintage rackets reminded me of something yet familiar but at the moment lost,” Ulian says. “The result is a composition that resembles vaguely a human face made from a recycled object from the past, the racket, clashing with the rest of the elements, electronic parts, and the found objects. Then, an anomaly called “pareidolia,” the mechanism that leads our brain to bring things and objects of all kinds back to known and sensible forms, does the rest. Will these be the faces of the future?”



Mixing digital with the analog is a theme running throughout Ulian’s projects. His impressive body of work includes beautiful pieces with complex patterns made from books and copper wire; mandalas made from paint, paper, and wire; and a bonsai tree comprised of wire, cement, steel, and wire. The intricate details, meticulous patterns, and vivid colors leave you mesmerized. Your mind aches thinking about how much time and energy went into putting all these tiny pieces together to create something so stunning.


See the Contrived Object series and more of Ulian’s work on his website and Instagram. Here is the world as electronics:


Personally, I would like to see the art function as a working circuit… perhaps I should try making that! From engineer to artist?


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