Drown The Dolls. Art Explores Women’s Issues By Submerging Barbie Underwater.

Paintings and photographs of Mattel’s iconic doll, Barbie, forcefully submerged underwater by artist Daena Title reflect her feeling of society’s idealization of women, issues of body consciousness and the impossible, unattainable perfection that the blond, preternaturally endowed Barbie represents. (more…)

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Killer Piñatas In Aquatic Environments. Paper Sculptures From Under The Sea.

Paper Sculptures
above: Rodolfo Moraga, Gabe as Yaws, 40″ x 60″ photograph, hand constructed shark piñata and environment

“The Role of Piñatas” is a contemporary photography installation by Rodolfo Moraga that mixes, sculpture, live dioramas, video, sound and photography. Most impressive are the five large-scale photographic images of custom constructed papier-maché pinatas in aquatic habitats. The titles of the pieces subtly reference everything from JAWS to underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau. (more…)

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Pantone Gets Fleshed Out. Literally. Human Skin Matched To Pantone Colors.

Human Skin as Pantone Colors

Flying around the blogosphere, faster than news of The God Particle, is this eye-catching and colorful project. In an attempt to create a catalog of human skin tones, Brazilian artist and photographer Angelica Dass started an ongoing project called Humanae in which she matches a subject’s flesh color to that of the Pantone Matching System. (more…)

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Small Scale Models of Decaying Homes Built and Photographed by Ofra Lapid.

Broken Houses by Ofra Lapid

Broken Houses is a series of images of dilapidated and abandoned buildings, destroyed by weather, decay and neglect. Artist Ofra Lapid found photos of these homes and buildings on the web while pursuing an amateur photographer from North Dakota (name not disclosed) who obsessively documents the decaying process of these houses- not unlike these wonderful artists who are also obsessed with decaying and abandonded homes. Ofra then built small scale models of these and photographed them again, omitting the backgrounds and placing them on grey fields. (more…)

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With His Daughter As Muse, Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Emulates Flemish Paintings.

Hendrik Kerstens Emulates Flemish Paintings

A few weeks ago I shared with you the work of Suzanne Jongmans, who re-interpreted paintings by famous Dutch Masters using packing foam and materials here. In a similar vein, photographer Hendrik Kerstens has been photographing his daughter Paula since she was a child, posing, lighting and styling her in the manner of famous Flemish art. Using everyday objects like trash bags, toilet paper, lampshades and towels for the fashions, his images simultaneously capture his daughter’s serene beauty and the historical seventeenth century style of portraiture. (more…)

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