This unfortunate man carried around a very heavy 3.5kg tumor of the parotid gland. He recovered to see his illustration featured in ‘Manual of Pathology’ by W. M. Late Coplin, 1905.
Though he shot it 10 years ago, Phillip Toledano’s 2004 photography series “Hope & Fear” still rings true a decade later as a diagnosis of our collective fears in 21st-century America. While the artist’s recent work, though highly stylized, is mostly documentary, “Hope & Fear” presents a nightmarish fantasy though its elaborate costuming and staging. In each surreal portrait, the sitter becomes subsumed in a substance or object that represents a specific societal problem or common anxiety taken to the extreme.
In one piece where a slender woman is covered in a sort of cloak made of life-like breasts, Toledano invites us to think of the ways female bodies are hyper-sexualized by the media. In another piece, a woman peeks out from beneath a burqa made from paper McDonald’s bags — a piece that could either be interpreted as commentary on the ever-presence of consumerism, right-wing mistrust of Islam or perhaps neither or both. Toledano insists all the costuming for this series was built in real life, no Photoshop tricks involved. Though his photography is highly suggestive, it’s open-ended enough to be interpreted differently by each viewer.
Highly detailed illustrations by AlexCoroll
The images of the artist I want to share with you today, those of graphic designer and artist Alexander Coroll, are pieces I’d love to see in real life sometime. The mixed media pieces contain a lot of detail, and I got a feeling that these would look even better seen up close then as a small picture on the internet. His latest series for instance, ‘Just a human’, consists of insanely detailed mixed media works. Coroll uses gouache, water-colour, ink and photo’s to create these images, resulting in works you can look at for ages and still discover new details.
I found this really cool spider the other night and have no idea what it is. Any ideas? buggirl
OH! He is cool! But I don’t recognize him! Was he found on Catalina? I bet they have a lot of endemic species there. I’ll post and ask my spider friend, TobyAudax for any ideas!
Thanks for the shout out too! :) Thatfishkid is a marine ecologist at my university. He is currently studying the mating behavior of the endangered giant sea bass on Catalina Island. Pretty cool stuff- you should follow him even though he’s not a terrestrial biologist :)