May 15, 2007

Apocalypse, memory, and redemption

  • In Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove, Canadian Kristan Horton recreates shots from the film using everyday objects: "Silverware become an airplane, plastic and coffee grounds become the sky." Fantastic. [Via]
  • In a slightly related vein, Edward Zwakman produces large-scale photographs by painstakingly reconstructing objects and landscapes from memory. A bit more info is in his Tales from the Grid, but I’d like to know more.
  • Chris Jordan attempts to make staggering numbers comprehensible in his Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait.  By assembling thousands of photographs into large, intricately detailed prints, he depicts "a slow-motion apocalypse in progress."  See also the fascinating images of his earlier Intolerable Beauty. [Via]
  • Artist Amanda Vandermeer and photographer Paul O’Grady have collaborated to create Sustainable Jewellery, using flora & fauna to decorate the human form.  (Weirdly, there’s no permalink on the blog where the images appear, so you’ll need to scroll down to the relevant section.)  It might be interesting to see this work juxtaposed with Chrisopher Conte’s sculptures, such as this biomech arm or this stainless steel spider.
Posted by John Nack at 5:26 PM on May 15, 2007


  • Blue Buffalo — 12:16 PM on May 16, 2007

    Wow, Chris Jordan’s large-scale art is really something? I wonder – does he Photoshop to create one huge image?
    [I mean to drop him a line and ask. –J.]
    Kristan Horton and Edward Zwakman’s art is also really neat. I love it when things are scaled down. I don’t know why, but most humans like small versions of objects, animals, people, etc. I guess it’s that primitive “baby” instinct.

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