Clark Whittington is the man behind Artžožmat old cigarette vending machines which are restored and used to dispense various artwork from paintings and photography, to puppets and mini-sculptures, all for five bucks each.
There are 90 Artžožmat machines all across the country, and while folks can fork over a five for drawings and jewelry, Whittington also stocks his machines with weirder work, which he hopes will smoke away arts stuffy stereotypes.
One contributing artist makes styrofoam sculptures, called Styrogami, and Whittington even got in on the action himself, making what he calls, premium quality dog-chewed matter items like remote controls and water bottles that his dog chewed up, which Whittington painted gold and sold through the vending machines.
He explains, People have preconceived ideas that this art isnt worth much. Some people dont understand art unless its dumbed down or high-priced. What were selling is an experience. And we sold 25,000 pieces this year, so someones figuring it out!
For more info, check out artomat.org.
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