Self-taught French photographer Alexandra Sophie is only 20 years old, but her Jardin Fleuris series is all about exploring the stages of a woman’s life in an unexpected way. For this ongoing project, Sophie’s photographs depict various women’s nether regions, covered by delicate objects like flowers, feathers, and — most suggestive of all — a cluster of red berries dripping with juice. Marvel over these lovely and provocative photos after the jump, and visit Sophie’s website to learn more about her work. … Read More
It can take up to 150 attempts to capture one of these glowing, alien plant images — not to mention the risk of accidental electrocution with 80,000 volts. But look at the results! Beautiful. Fearless, patient San Francisco artist Robert Buelteman worked on his recent project at a biological preserve at Stanford. All of the images were created without a camera or computer wizardry. As Design Boom explains, Buelteman slices and shaves down his plant specimens until they’re as transparent as they can be without disintegrating. Then, the flowers are placed into a DIY contraption of metal sheets, diffusion screens, plexiglas, and liquid silicone. And then… ZAP!!! They’re electrocuted. Their electrons jump into the metal, imprinting an image which is then color-painted with a tiny, tiny optical fiber white-light. See the unbelievable results in the slideshow and in his book, Signs of Life. And do not try this at home. Seriously. … Read More
Behold! These are real flowers with their petals broken into shards, their stems fractured repeatedly, and their leaves cracked into bits. How? Photographer Jon Shireman soaked a variety of flowers in a bath of liquid nitrogen until the soft, living things became petrified solid, rigid and fragile. Using his own spring-loaded contraption, Shireman smashed the frozen flowers on a white surface, snapping the results at high speed. These are just some of the meticulous photo studies that were yielded from the strange experiment dubbed Broken Flowers and spotted by PetaPixel. Check them out! … Read More
You’d think, over the course of thousands of years of art history, artists would have run out of ways to depict one of their favorite subjects: flowers. But, as Carsten Witte‘s breathtaking Metamorphose series reaffirms, the right eye can make even the most clichéd subject seem new. In this follow-up to his equally gorgeous project The Secret Life of Plants, the Hamburg-based photographer gets close enough to flowers at all stages of their lives to showcase the dark side of their ephemeral beauty. From the coldly elegant lines of buds captured in black and white to the silky textures and saturated colors of petals just about to fall, our favorite shots from Metamorphose are after the jump. If you’re interested in seeing more of Witte’s work, be sure to visit his Behance page. … Read More
Video artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s decades-long love affair with digital art is still as passionate as ever. Best known for gently swaying curtains of flowering vines, her large-scale video installations use pixels like a pointillist deploys pigment, creating immense images from millions of microbe-size dabs of color. The impact of her work is in large part due to her manipulation of CGI code simulating the organic movement of explosions, breezes, ocean tides, and the human body. … Read More
A Korean pop artist, Kwon Kisoo is widely known in Asia for his Dongguri character — a smiling, genderless alter-ego that romps around candy-colored landscapes. Often accompanied by a small animal, which can be read as either a dog or a cat, Dongguri is able to clone itself to have instant playmates and, when multiplied, to become an army.
Simple in nature, Kwon’s paintings are influenced by traditional Korean landscapes, which comfort viewers with pleasant scenes. Plum blossoms, bamboo, rainbows, and rivers surround the little creature to construct joyful, geometric realms, while subtly commenting on globalism and consumer culture. Blurring the boundaries between fine and commercial art, Kwon makes paintings, animations, and products — ranging from stationery and posters to sportswear and shopping bags. His Dongguri works are even available as artist theme banners to personalize your iGoogle page. … Read More