Wow, these animals got poise! Check out the photographs of Tim Flach for a monkey giving you a smoldering over-the-should look. Watch an armadillo swagger elegantly along. See a plucked rooster pirouette. Spotted by Fubiz, these glossy, carefully-composed shots show us a side of nature we’re not used to seeing — professionally studio-lit, for one thing. Yes, there’s something quite awkward about the out-of-context, artificial glamor of these animals, but then again, it’s a chance to admire each hair strand on top of this charming creature’s head and every waving tendril on the surface of that funky sea critter’s body. Click through for a selection of our favorite images, and for more gorgeous photos from the same series, pick up a copy of Flach’s new book, More Than Human. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we appreciated these hairless movie villains. We gazed at photos of baby animals, because science told us it would make us more focused. We read Iggy and The Stooges’ snarky tour rider. We memorized all the Twitter info for our favorite fall TV shows.… Read More
People may joke about their power animals (or they don’t joke), but it’s true that we humans ascribe various qualities and strengths to our animal friends, whether we see them as the embodiment of certain attributes or just blessed with really awesome skills. Andreas Preis, whose work we recently spotted over at Visual News, illustrates these animals, along with the word he thinks they embody, in a series that is charmingly reminiscent of those cheesy motivational posters you see in classrooms — if they were made of stained glass and hanging on the rough walls of animals’ dens, that is. Click through to check out Preis’s Alive series, and then be sure to head on over to his website to check out more of his work. … Read More
Charlotte Dumas has a knack for photographing animals. Over the past decade, the young Dutch artist has made intimate portraits of dogs, horses, and wolves that compassionately reveal the reasons why we admire these enigmatic creatures. Mixing her knowledge of Old Master portrait paintings with an eye for striking photographic poses, Dumas has documented stray dogs on the streets of Palermo and in the shelters of New York City, police horses in their stables in Rotterdam and Rome, and wild wolves roaming the forests of Norway and Sweden.
Celebrated in the New York Times Magazine last year for her photographs of search and rescue dogs from 9/11, Dumas has followed that series with an equally important look at service animals for a solo exhibition in Washington, DC. Anima, which is on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through October 28, presents three earlier bodies of work with a newly commissioned series on burial horses that carry soldiers to their final resting place in traditional military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Click through to see a selection of images from the show, and to watch a video of the photographer at work. … Read More
Philadelphia artist Andrew Pinkham creates incredible pet portraits, photos that blur the lines between 19th-century photography, Old Master paintings, and antique postcards. “My animal portraits challenge what we think of as historical or authentic, whether it was yesterday or hundreds of years ago. They blur the lines of time and engage the viewer in how we interpret the idea of history itself,” he writes on his website. Counting artists like Vermeer, George Stubbs, John James Audubon, and Bo Bartlett amongst his favorite painters, Pinkham was inspired by the symbolism and light of Renaissance portraits, landscape art, and his pastoral hometown of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Click through for more old-timey beasts. … Read More
We’re all aware of the fact that the rise of humans has greatly changed the lives of the rest of the animals on our planet, but no one sees the clash quite like Toronto-based artist Jacub Gagnon. Gagnon, whose work we recently spotted over at My Modern Met, juxtaposes animals with human objects, mashing them together in ways that might not make sense, but still ring strangely true. ”I create images that question and entertain the discussion of connectivity,” Gagnon explains. “I present animals and objects in bizarre manners, placing them in scenes that oppose practicality. My paintings become a space in which nature becomes unnatural, bordering surreal.” Click through to see a few of our favorite pieces from Gagnon’s extensive body of work, and then be sure to head on over to his website to check out even more for yourself. … Read More
When we first spotted Isabella Rozendaal‘s On Loving Animals photo series at Brain Pickings, we could sort of relate. Many of us own pets and aren’t entirely guiltless when it comes to humanizing animals. However, the Dutch photographer’s work proves that many folks take this to the extreme.
Rozendaal’s affectionate, strange, and even devastating images reveal the many ways we project facets of our lives and personalities onto our pets. The artist spent a year in Holland documenting these complex relationships — or what she calls an “obsessive, sentimental, and sometimes inconsiderate love of animals.” She followed owners and their furry darlings to the vet, at home, to pet shows, and to the grave. In some cases, the luxuries these attentive moms and dads afforded their beastly babies were entirely peculiar. Other customs and rituals — like dogs and cats with their own chairs (or should we say, thrones?) — are more widely practiced, but when considered through Rozendaal’s distant lens, suddenly feel unusual.
If you salivate at the sight of bacon, would you be OK with watching a squirming pig being tattooed? If the thought of eating animal flesh sickens you, do you hate the very idea of using live animals in art, or can you justify it if the art is good? Do you feel more sympathy for a horse, a dog, or a goldfish? Some calls are easier to make than others, but there’s a bit of an ethical grey area when it comes to live animals in art. Check out our brief survey of works and the creatures that made them possible, and find your own gradient of sensitivity. Where do you stand? … Read More
Now these are some creative treads. In Maskull Lasserre’s project “Outliers (Trace)” which we first spotted over at Laughing Squid, the mixed media artist has created a series of shoes that create realistic animal footprints when walked in — the artist has left tracks through Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, New York since 2011, turning the ground (in addition to the skillfully wrought shoes) into a work of art. We don’t know about you, but we’ll definitely think twice the next time we see an errant paw print in the snow in New York. Also, we definitely want a pair — bear paws, please. Click through to see a few photos of the shoes in action, and then head over to Lasserre’s website to see even more of his work. … Read More