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John Foster

Accidental Mysteries


Change happens. It’s been happening for millions of years, and it’s happening now. Sometimes things are altered intentionally and sometimes without notice or warning. Today, I share with you a few things that have been altered or changed by man from the original form. I have avoided the changes that occur from nature and focus on the ways people alter themselves, the earth, or objects.

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1937 Buffalo Nickel altered into face of skull; these are commonly called “Hobo Nickels.”

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Altered American currency by James Charles.

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Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2008. Chromogenic print, 63 3/4 – 57 1/4 in. (161.9 – 145.4 cm). Edition no. 5/6. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee and the Photography Committee  2009.46

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Altered book by Su Blackwell.

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Scrimshaw from 1858 commemorating the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable.

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Carved peach pit by R.J. Earlean. The pit of a peach is carved with a portrait of John F. Kennedy wearing a veterans hat.  Above his head is inscribed “President John F. Kennedy of United States.”  To the left is carved an eagle sitting on a shield, and below that is a figure of St. Christopher.  The veins of the peach pit have been delicately carved in a foliate pattern.

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Painted anonymous photograph, c. 1945

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Altered Paint-by-Number paintings; "Sphinx"  1991, "Sandwich" series, Found paint by number painting/construction 16 x 20 x 1

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Altered human skeleton by Francois Robert, “Stop the Violence” series.

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Altered everyday machines by artist David Fox.

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Hammered and Chased Aluminum Hard Hat for an Ironworker, Local 720, Alberta, Canada.

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This cistern was found on a farm in Idaho. As the subject of years of target practice, this amazing  object has the most delicate lace-like character masking the origins of an aggressive obsession.  c. 1950s;  36 inches x 26 inches.

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Series of molded paper plates of pulp paper decoupaged with male imagery, photocopied and manipulated through use of the Xerox machine.

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An exceptional example of luggage in the age of travel, c. 1915 - 1930.

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Lee Godie (1908 - 1994), a homeless woman in Chicago, used the photo booth to make self-portraits, which she often altered with pen and paint.

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More than 2 million tiny glass beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn and resin adorn this Volkswagen Beetle, called "Vochol."

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Custom hot rods represent one of the most common alterations of an existing object.

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Hideous fat car.

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Artist Dalton Ghetti alters pencil leads into the most amazing things.

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Kalgoorlie Super Pit is a gigantic pockmark in Western Australia and is now the continent’s largest open cut gold mine at 3.5 km long, 1.5 km wide and 360 m deep.

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Defaced album cover, Sound of Music soundtrack.

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Defaced album cover, Les Paul and Mary Ford.

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Texas artist Debra Broz uses her skills at ceramic repair to recreate new, peculiar creatures from dime store ceramic animals. What she does is create the unexpected, a DNA gone wild kind of alteration.

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