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Cheeky, Re-Designed Versions of Household Products

California-based artist Neil Wax, whose work we spotted over on Neatorama, got his start as a designer in the sign industry. Today, he creates sculptures that at first glance look like everyday household products, only to reveal a clever twist upon closer inspection. Wax calls his colorful, plastic pieces — which subversively spoofs our consumer-driven society by replacing brand names with negative emotions like grief, guilt, and pity — “post-post-post pop.” Click through to check out some of our favorite send-ups, and let us know in the comments which one belongs on your shelf.


Neil Wax, Seven Deadly Sins, 2011. High-density polyethylene containers with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. Set of seven, each 8¾” x 3″ x 1½”. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Five Stages of Grief, 2011. High-density polyethylene containers with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. Set of five, each 10¾” x 5½” x 3½”. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Misery, 2011. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 13¼” x 7¼” x 3½”. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Panic, 2011. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 12¼” x 6″ diameter. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Agony, 2011. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 13¼” x 7¼” x 3½”. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Ruin, 2011. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 9½” x 6″ diameter. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Rage, 2011. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 11″ x 4½ ” x 2¼”. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Abuse, 2011. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 9¼” x 4¼” x 2″. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Schadenfreude, 2010. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 8½” x 3½” x 1½”. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art


Neil Wax, Spite, 2010. High-density polyethylene container with pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl graphics. 8½” x 3¾” x 1¾”. Courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary Art

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