Reimagined by food stylists, these Bauhaus-inspired creations are deliciously minimal. Via FastCo Design:
‘fore!’ by allan teger as part of the bodyscapes® photographic series
Carrying on the awesome miniature work of “Big Appetites“, Designboom has a great look at the nude landscape photography of Allan Teger. Funny, poignant and full of form, his work brings the naked body into a dramatic light, albeit one of golfing greens, sledding hills and train trestles.
Self-taught American photographer Allan Teger has sent designboom new images from his body of work ‘Bodyscapes®’, with a series of black and white photographs depicting miniature scenes on the nude body mimicking various landscapes. The images are not double exposures and uses no digital manipulation, only small scale figures arranged on the naked form to illustrate predominantly outdoor activities, where a belly-button may act as a lake or a sculpted derrière as a mountain.
Teger was initially trained as a psychologist, with the Bodyscapes® concept evolving from his teaching as an academic counselor. Teger would lecture readings on tao te ching, the bhagavad-gita, books by ram Dass, carl rogers, huxley, watts and others. The notions of altered realities, subjective reality, and mystical consciousness became part of his artistic understanding.
Teger describes the development of his work:
‘I remember the moment that the idea for bodyscapes® came to me. I was thinking that the shape and structure of the universe repeated itself
at every level and suddenly I had the image in my mind of a skier going down a breast. This was it – the universe repeating its shapes - a body looking like a mountain. It was also an example of two realities coexisting. The picture could be seen as a landscape and it could also be seen as a body. Although they were different, both perceptions were right at the same time. I knew instantly that I had an entire series of images waiting to be captured on film.’
The ongoing project started in 1976, with the set updated regularly to this day, most are shot with a medium format mamiya RB67 and either tri-X or t-max film. The regular edition bodyscapes® are printed on ilford multigrade paper, and the collector’s edition is printed on agfa classic 118 fiber paper. Teger also has a book of the pieces due out in september from schiffer publishing.
‘golfing the rough’
If these images by Christopher Boffoli don’t make you smile, you probably should go pop a Prozac. His work is simple yet meticulous, lighthearted yet deeply satisfying.
About the Series:
The genesis of my Big Appetites series of fine art photographs was in a lot of the media I was exposed to as a child. There were so many films and television shows that exploited both the dramatic and comedy potential of a juxtaposition of different scales: tiny people in a normal-sized world. It is a surprisingly common cultural theme going back all the way to Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels in the 18th century and perhaps earlier.
I think it is especially resonant with children because as a child you live in an adult world that is out of scale with your body and proportions. And you constantly exercise your imagination around a world of toys that are further out of scale. As a child I was an avid collector of Matchbox cars, a model railroader and a builder of models (cars, ships and airplanes). I was fascinated, as many children and adults are, with tiny, meticulously detailed things.
When I began shooting some of the very earliest images in this series, around 2003, food was a conscious choice as one of the components as it can be very beautiful – in terms of texture and color – especially when shot with available light and macro lenses. Combining what is essentially food and toys makes the work instantly accessible to virtually everyone. Regardless of language, culture and social status, almost everyone can identify with toys from their childhood. And whether you eat with a fork, chopsticks or your hands, everyone understands food. Sitting down to a meal makes us feel most human.
The miniature people inhabiting the fine art photographs of Christopher Boffoli live in a world of enormous food. A place where towering ice cream cones are turned into camping tents, where a field of peppercorns becomes a soccer match, and a savage crawfish threatens a group of men. The photos are as absurd as they are delightful. Based in Seattle, Boffoli says his work comments not only on our fascination with miniature things, but on “the American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.” To view more of his photos you can simply scroll through his website, and to see them in person you can check out his Edible Worlds exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York through August 24th. All images courtesy the artist.
Cailan Burns is an illustrator from Adelaide, Australia. His work is both trippy and charming. The piece above, entitled Mothface is so dripping with color and depth that I feel like licking the computer screen would result in a high.
My works are crafted through the use of a range of mediums including paper collage, acrylics, water colour, canvas, wood, ink, digital collage and composition using Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator.
I draw inspiration from a wide range influences such as Children’s Book Art, 60′s Psychedelic Poster Art, Russian and Czech Animation, Cultural Masks and Costumes, Folk Tales and Japanese Anime and (Yōkai) Ghost Stories.
Via Colossal, a nice collection of hand-painted bugs on old book covers. Artist Rose Sanderson has a great skill with a brush, and the textured and weathered book covers lend a historical and Darwin-esque historical feel to her artwork.
Storms. Giant thunderclouds, ominous skies and that spooky, electrically-charged air before all hell breaks loose. That’s the kind of scene that photographer Mitch Dobrowner can capture in an elegance I’d never seen before. His compositions are gorgeously calming , despite their kinetic foretelling.
Dobrowner’s Google + page is full of photo posts, and each and every one is a stunner. I would love to see his work printed wall-size. And beyond just capturing storms, he has an amazing ability to photograph craggly landscapes and barren nature in an almost dreamlike way. The blacks and whites ooze off the screen.
Many more photos of his work after the jump. Continue reading…
I am only recently aware of Anish Kapoor’s work, although he’s been producing stunning minimalist sculpture/art for years. This small collection shows some of his use of pure color and form, and the three-dimensionality is really intriguing, and inspiring.
So well known in his native Britain to be commissioned a huge 2012 Olympic sculpture, Kapoor is not afraid of scale, and exploring ideas of space, depth, and purity. I really like his approach. While it’s true that an artist starting out couldn’t begin to afford to create enormous pieces like Leviathan below, he pushes limits and conceptions, which is all I could ever ask of an artist.
Here’s a short video of the Anish Kapoor describing a recent show called Flashback at the Manchester Art Gallery.
Evoking a lovely 70s vintage period, Raphaël de Visser is a natural artist, and his work is warm and modern while feeling archived at the same time. Hailing from Belgium, his work is seen commercially for firms like KLM, yet he has a large portfolio of both personal and commissioned art. He also has a unique photographic eye, you can check out more of his work here.
I don’t follow painters. I admire the skills, yet don’t have a list of my favorite painters. Nonetheless, Francoise Nielly caught my eye with these large, vibrant, brilliant portraits. Check out a small collection below, including a short video of her at work.
Via The Cool Hunter:
Françoise Nielly’s massive, colorful portraits are delicious to look at. Even more wonderful – and particularly infuriating to those of us who have timidly dabbled in painting – is to watch her create them. In a beautiful video posted on her site, she, in her confident, strong hand, wields her painting knife shaped like a miniature garden trowel, and makes painting look easy like cake frosting. She paints her vivid, passionate canvases — some as large as 78 x 25 inches (195 x 62 centimeters) — from black-and-white photos, further proof of her unfailing ability to interpret light, shadow, hue and tone by applying brilliant colors and daring strokes.
Born in Marseille, brought up near Cannes and Saint-Tropez, and now living in Paris, Nielly is at home among bold contrast and dazzling light. To add to her likeability, here is the list of her loves: Life, wide open spaces, sushi, blue lagoons, the Internet, humor, books, Paris, New York and Vancouver. - Tuija Seipell
Neon 1 by Petra Cortright.