Amazing. Surreal. Seemingly ordinary. The very special pictures of Djuno Tomsni are hard to describe, but I believe these three points describe them quite adequately. The artist chose ordinary scenes and common compositions, such as a boat in the center of the picture floating on a river towards the horizon. To differ from these rather dull and known photographs he created a mashup with pictures of extraterrestrial objects, galaxies, planets or stars. The result is truly amazing. At the first sight the onlooker recognizes the ordinary scene before its details and is tempted to characterize or box it in that category. The mashup is perfect, which makes it so intense: although the scene is clearly not taken from reality, the inserted photography is adapted to all elements of the original picture and therefore it is not a disturbing factor. The effect these works have is hard to put into words, so please have a look yourself.
One picture says more than one thousand words.
Today I would like to draw your attention to Frederik Buyckx‘ art. Buyckx is a Belgium artist with an increasingly growing popularity. I discovered his series “Jesus, Make-Up and Football” in Antwerp one year ago. Buyckx travelled to Brasil to capture the country in its purest form, in contrast to the blurred image the media presents. The pictures show people living in Rio de Janeiro’s ‘no-go-areas’, however staged as if shot for a high-end fashion label. He manages to capture the air of the country and the life spirit as he brings fleeting everyday situations in the spotlight, the center of attention. The subject’s honesty give the pictures a certain charm; they convey brazilian lives with neither posed grievance nor false joy. It is hard to put the picture’s complexity each of which are rather individual stories- into words, which in my opinion is one of the most important attribute for truly good art. Art should not be pretty, it should be affecting.
Please also take a look at Frederik Buyckx’ other work!
CREDITS TO FREDERIK BUYCKX
The series I would like to present to you today is the work of marvelous Stefani Pappas: Branko! He took photographs of the New York male model Branko and by that especially played with light and shadow effects in the individual works. In addition to that some of the photographs are rather blurry which creates an effect of movement and motion and make the pictures lively. In my view the contrast between the clear edges of black and white and vagueness gives the pictures its energy and tension, however discretely and without intimidating the original object of the picture which makes it so mysterious and eye-catching!
CREDITS: Photography STEFANI PAPPAS
Styling KATHARINE ERWIN
Model BRANKO at Fusion Model Management NYC
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Tagged art, branko, contrast, energy, light, male, model, motion, mysterious, nyc, photography, shadow, stafie pappas
vast technical progress is inevitable. New technologies became a part of our lives so strongly integrated we could not imagine anymore to live without them. Although it can be argued if one can identify a revolutionary era whilst being part of it, I do dare say: we are at the dawn of a new era. This new era, the technical revolution has just begun and its extent is surely unpredictable. Movies as “I, Robot” have shown us the worst-case scenario, on the other hand people dream of futuristic machines making life easier and more pleasant than one could ever imagine. However the central question remains: To what extent can machines imitate and even replace the human being?
This question and the difficulty of modernity occurred to me, as I came across the work of Echo Yang: ‘autonomous machines’. Surely, any person, who is only shown the finished version of the work, would call it art. What else would it be? Anyways, art is hard to define. But no matter how one might define ‘art’, it is clear that an artist created it. Whether it is created out of rationality or emotions- art must essentially be a product of a human’s creativity. No matter if its deeper meaning is very shallow, abstract or of the opposite: extremely profound, the intentional creation of a creative product defines art.
So can these works still be called art? No matter how you decide, I found them, and especially the production videos, extremely fascinating!
Photos taken from designboom.com // CREDS TO ECHO YANG