See, NRO—normally this is thought of as a bad thing.
[There are many more of these out there, but these are my 10 favs.]
Photos of “Hasta las narices” (2004, above) and “Crecimientos artificiales” (2008, below) by Guadalajara-born installation artist Ivan Puig. I am reblogging this from someone who called it “drowning art,” and I am inclined to agree. There is a kind of silent despair here that feels like a mirror of my heart.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s fastest growing market for mobile phones, tablets and laptops. There are more SIM cards in use here than in North America. And with nearly half the continent’s population of 900 million people under the age of 15, experts estimate there will be over 1 billion additional cell phone users here by 2050.
Illusions of the Body was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays the only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.
Within the series I tried get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting & the same angle.
Celebrate your shapes, sizes & the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird & beautiful thing.
Photographer: Gracie Hagen
Choi Xoo Ang’s Disturbing Sculptures
Choi Xoo Ang, the Seoul born artist and dark master of the imagination, has created sculptures at once hyperrealistic and completely nightmarish, making you feel as if your real life has bled into an inescapable, bad dream.
Twisted tongues, stitched backs and floating heads appear throughout Choi’s polymer clay figures, which display remarkable realism despite their fabulous content. Many of the pieces give metaphorical shape to real issues in modern day Korea, including human rights and abuse.