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GROPE PROOF

repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
GROPE PROOF Repurposed forks, knifes, stainless steel strapping, lace, steel bowls, anodized aluminum, jewelry parts. Size: H-21" W-19" D-16"

SOUPENTINE

repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
SOUPENTINE Repurposed kitchen utensils, silver plate and stainless steel spoons, sausage grinder auger H-14" W-24" D-18"

GIRAFFE

repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
GIRAFFE Repurposed kitchen utensils, steel wire, forks, drawer pulls, candy dishes, sausage grinder filters, gravy boats, platters, glass doorknobs, lids, tea kettle parts and copper sheets Size: H-70" W-24" D- 27"

THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY: 2016

repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
YEAR OF THE MONKEY: 2016 Repurposed kitchen utensils, forks, spoons, ice cream scoopers, metal bowl, gravy boat. Size: H - 11" W - 10" D - 10"

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About Jim

Baltimore County

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While earning his electrical engineering degree from Purdue University, JIM OPASIK worked as an assistant chef. The culinary experience has contributed to the inspiration and use of materials in his current work. JIM OPASIK's fascination with the animal world is reflected in the content and form of his art. He is rewarded by the smiles, laughter and appreciation from the viewers when they recognize the repurposed kitchen objects that went into creation of the sculptures. Collaborating with his... more

Animals

Before beginning the construction of the sculpture, JIM OPASIK researches each animal. His interest in the animal world is reflected in the form and content of his art.

Repurposed kitchen utensils are the domestic objects he uses to create his series of whimsical figurative sculpture. The assortment of implements used in every household for preparing meals is transformed so the viewer can experience them in a different way. Food for the eye, one might say. Opasik collects used kitchen and metallic objects from flea markets, thrift stores, sidewalk sales and donations from friends. Welding and riveting the repurposed utensils and metals are the primary means of joining the artwork.

  • Rare, Please

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, cheese graters, pans, spoons, juicer parts, serving platters H-45" W-34" D-15"
  • Pigheaded

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, teakettle, flower pot, cocktail shaker tip, sugar bowls, melon scoopers, candy dishes, brass, silver platter H-18" W-13" D-9"
  • Giraffe

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, steel, wire, forks, drawer pulls, candy dishes, grinder filters, gravy boats, platters, glass doorknobs, lids, kettle parts, copper sheets H-70" W-24" D-27"
  • Pan-A-Phant

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils,pans, roasting pan, serving platters, alcohol lamp parts,pastry bags H-36" W-33" D-22"
  • Silver

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, silverware, martini shaker, spoons, forks, ice cream scooper parts, candy dishes, metal strips H-18" W-15" D-8"
  • Sheepish

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils,metals, candy dishes, strainers, forks H-17" W-16" D-12"
  • Woking Slow

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, woks, spoons, cutlery, copper H-15" W-45" D-24"
  • Innocuous

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, steamer parts, candy dishes, steel wire H-22" W-23" D-24"
  • Rambo-Lite

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weld, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, copper, brass, beer keg, bowling ball, strainers, soap dish, gravy boat, candy dishes, spoons H-52" W-72" D-36"

Insects

JIM OPASIK's Insects are sculptures based on imaginary and realistic bugs. He researches each insect before he begins construction.

Repurposed kitchen utensils are the domestic objects he uses to create his series of whimsical figurative sculpture. The assortment of implements used in every household for preparing meals is transformed so the viewer can experience them in a different way. Food for the eye, one might say. Opasik collects used kitchen and metallic objects from flea markets, thrift stores, sidewalk sales and donations from friends. Welding and riveting the repurposed utensils and metals are the primary means of joining the artwork.

  • Ant-Tic

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, cream pitcher, bowls, funnel, golf club shafts, fondue forks, scoopers H-10" W-21" D-26
  • Boogey Bug

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, chafing dish, sugar bowl, funnel, musical instrument parts, brass lamp parts, scalloped candy dishes H-10" W-21" D-16"
  • Dyno-Mite

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, chafing dish parts, brass, sugar bowl, brass lamp parts H-10" W-23" D-17"
  • House Flies

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, martini shakers, steel platters, fondue fork, golf club shafts, sugar bowls H-25" W-45" D-10"
  • Mantis

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensil, metals, gravy boats, ice cream scoops, fork and knife handles,candy dishes, silver wire H-27" W-13" D-19"
  • Ant-T

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, brass lamp parts, flower pot, brass dishes, candy dishes, telephone bells, andiron and trumpet parts H-16" W-43" D-29"
  • Itcher

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, silver teapot and handles, silver creamer, fork tongs, plastic, H-8" W-15" D-9"
  • Elusive

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Wine glass stem, bud vase parts, buttons, copper wire with patina, shrink tubing, driftwood H-18" W-24" D-7"
  • Nat Eater

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, metals, copper teakettle, chafing dish parts, bellows, candy dishes, wood, copper wire H-7" W-14" D-9"
  • Intruder

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Repurposed kitchen utensils, keys, silver teapot, handles and spouts, glass beads, silver bowl H-9" W-22" W-12"

Insects II

JIM OPASIK's Insect series is based on imaginary or realistic bugs.

Repurposed kitchen utensils are the domestic objects he uses to create his series of whimsical figurative sculpture. The assortment of implements used in every household for preparing meals is transformed so the viewer can experience them in a different way. Food for the eye, one might say. Opasik collects used kitchen and metallic objects from flea markets, thrift stores, sidewalk sales and donations from friends. Welding and riveting the repurposed utensils and metals are the primary means of joining the artwork.

  • Mother Bug

    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: silver teapot, fondue forks, glass beads, golf club shafts H-21" W-13" D-15" Sold by Paper/Rock/Scissors, Baltimore, MD
  • Carver

    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: knives, sugar bowl, fondue pot and forks, lamp parts, glass beads H-18" W-20" D-26"
  • Nano-Mite

    Repurposed kitchen utensils: brass bowl, silver bowl handles, creamer, lamp parts, glass beads H-5" W-11" D-8" Sold by El Prado Galleries, Sedona, AZ
  • Tarantula

    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: teapots, forks, soap dish, butter dish, golf club shafts, brass finials, glass beads H-11" W-16" D-27"
  • Wolf Spider

    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: bowls, forks, bicycle bells, golf club shafts, glass beads H-33" W-26" D-17" Commissioned by Dr. Alan Goldberg, Baltimore, MD
  • Scorpion

    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: forks, golf club shafts, candy dishes, spoons, whisks, potato peelers H-27" W-24" D-28"
  • Odenata

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: coffee pot, strainers, can opener parts, spout, frying pans, kitchen table legs, lids, copper mugs, aluminum rod, painted steel base H-72" W-86" D-60"
  • Odenata (detail)

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
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  • Blood Shot

    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: silver pitcher, silver handles, glass beads, fondue forks, silver platter parts, metal vase part H-9" W-10" D-19" Sold by El Prado Galleries, Sedona, AZ
  • Web Crawler

    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: silver teapot, sugar bowl, cocktail shaker, can opener parts, ski pole rods, chrome steel base H-51" W-53" D-50" Sold by Michael Levy Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Heads

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JIM OPASIK's Head Series is based on imaginary subjects.

Repurposed kitchen utensils are the domestic objects he uses to create his series of whimsical figurative sculpture. The assortment of implements used in every household for preparing meals is transformed so the viewer can experience them in a different way. Food for the eye, one might say. Occasionally electronics and mirrors are incorporated into the art. Opasik collects used kitchen and metallic objects from flea markets, thrift stores, sidewalk sales and donations from friends. Welding and riveting the repurposed utensils and metals are the primary means of joining the artwork.

  • Wokman

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: wok, lid, spoon handles, cheese cutters, beaters, can opener parts, fiber optics, electronics H-!6" W-15" D- 7"
  • Court Jester

    found objects, repurposed, kitchen utensils, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: silver teapot, spoons, glass beads, chafing dish handle H-10" W-8" D-10"
  • Queen and Princess

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: silver teapot, creamer, spoons, chafing dish parts H-11" W-20" D- 7"
  • Art Ducko

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed mediarposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metal: pitcher, pot lid, salt/pepper shaker lids, cooper H-12" W-8" D-8"
  • Duchess

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: silver cream pitcher, spoons, glass beads H-5" W-3" D-5"
  • Royal Family

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed ktichen utensils and metals: chafing dishes, lids, pastry and jello molds, cake decorating tips, grinder auger H-36" W-33" D-10"
  • Diplomats

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: coffee pots, bowls, steel wool, candle snuffer tip H-14" W-16" D-6"
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: bun warmer, ladles, spoons, grater, kaleidoscopes, electronic sound H-11" W-10" D-8"
  • Sadman (Self Portrait)

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposedrposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: wok, forks, stove parts, ladle, can openers, refraction lens, holographs, electronics H-15" W-15" D-8"
  • Infuriator

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposedrposedrposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: teakettles, metal cups, grinder parts, mirrors, weed whacker tips H-15" W-13" D-8"

Heads II

JIM OPASIK'S Head series is based on imaginary subjects.

Repurposed kitchen utensils are the domestic objects he uses to create his series of whimsical figurative sculpture. The assortment of implements used in every household for preparing meals is transformed so the viewer can experience them in a different way. Food for the eye, one might say. Occasionally electronics and mirrors are incorporated into the art. Opasik collects used kitchen and metallic objects from flea markets, thrift stores, sidewalk sales and donations from friends. Welding and riveting the repurposed utensils and metals are the primary means of joining the artwork.

  • The Brat

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposedrposedrposed
    Repurposed kicthen utensils and metals: lids, brass bowl, copper pot, wine goblet parts, spatulas H-21" W-14" D-6"
  • Tea Totaler

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposedrposedrposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: cooper teakettle, steamer, bottle opener parts, salt/pepper lids, grinder parts H-9" W-9" D-8"
  • Sportscaster

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: syrup lids, strainer, spoons, bowl, chafing dish leg H-10" W-7" D-6"
  • Khan

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: teakettle, collander, copper salt/pepper shaker parts, masher, brass vase parts, mold H-17" W-12" D-11"
  • Peking Duck

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed mediarposed
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: coffee pot, metal basket, knives, spoons, salt/pepper lids H-12" W-10" D-10"
  • Kernal Mixer

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: popcorn maker lid, mixers, pan, handle, strainers, mirrors H-21" W-15" D-9"
  • Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: stainless steel teakettle, forks, spoons, can opener parts, masher H-11" W-10" D-8"
  • Lighten Up

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: roasting pan, forks, cheese cutter, cocktail strainers, bottle openers H-17" W-11" D-7"
  • Invader

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils: meat grinder parts, burned bowl, spoons, salt/pepper shaker lids, mold, ice bucket parts H-!3" W-17" D-12"
  • Swing King

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, mixed media
    Repurposed kitchen utensils and metals: bowls spoons, trumpet H-21" W-23" D-24"

Commissions

"Reflector" is both a wall and freestanding sculpture commissioned for a private collector.

"Birth of the Blues" is a wall sculpture commisioned by a collector who wanted his discarded piano
keyboard to be used. The man is a blues affianado and wanted that to be conveyed.

"Symphony" is a wall sculpture commissioned by a friend of the collector of "Birth of the Blues".

"Long Ride" is a freestanding commission requested by a couple who are motorcycle enthusiasts.


  • Reflector

    metal, found objects, mixed media, weldimg, repurposed, kitchenn
    Sugar Bowls, Soup Ladles, Liquor Pour Spouts, Wine Cup, Ski Pole, Spoons, Bead Chain, Copper Fill Tank Tubes, & Rock H- 34" W- 43" D-22"
  • Reflector Head (Top View)

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
    Sugar Bowls, Soup Ladles, Liquor Pour Spouts, Wine Cup, Ski Pole, Spoons, Bead Chain, Copper Fill Tank Tubes, & Rock H-34" W-43" D-22"
  • Birth Of Blues

    musical, repurposed, mixed media, jazz, piano, assemblage
    Keyboard, Trumpet, Sunglasses, Pencil, Steel Wire, Wood, & Music Notes H-26" W-26" D-10
  • Symphony

    repurposed, mixed media, jazz, violin, piano
    Repurposed Violin and bow, Piano keyboard, Flute, 78rpm vinyl record. Size: H - 21" W - 20" D - 9"
  • Long Ride

    repurposed, kitchen utensils, found objects, metal, weld, mixed media
    "Long Ride" is a commission piece of two people on a motorcycle, however it is not a motorcycle! The work is constructed of various repurposed parts as sausage grinder, cheese grater, chain, bicycle parts, wire, lawnmower wheels, skeletal parts, photos in rearview mirror, springs. Size: H - 4 1/2' W - 6 1/4' D - 2 1/2'

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