Andy Ellison works at the BU medical school in Boston where he frequently works with a research-only MRI scanner. Over the past few months he’s been sharing some fantastic animated gifs of his calibration and quality control scans using assorted fruits, vegetables and other plants. As you can see the results are absolutely mesmerizing and I urge you to check out his blog, Inside Insides, for many more scans and hi-res images. Thanks to Ellison for exporting some slightly larger images for this post, sorry for the extra load! (via quipsologies)
terra cibus no.2 / chocolate Cake (320x magnification)
terra cibus no.3 / celery Leaf (85x magnification)
terra cibus no.34 / pop tart (450x magnification)
terra cibus no.32 / shrimp tail (230x magnification)
terra cibus no.10 / kiwi seed (320x magnification)
terra cibus no.7 / coffee bean (85x magnification)
terra cibus no.22 / lifesaver at 17x magnification
terra cibus no.23 / purple onion (230x magnification)
terra cibus no.24 / Oreo (15x magnification)
terra cibus no.6 / red licorice (20x Magnification)
San Francisco-based fine art and commercial photographer Caren Alpert combines her loves for photography, food, and art in these gorgeous photos taken with an electron microscope. Alpert captures the microscopic, almost other-worldly surfaces of common foods such as Oreo cookies, shrimp, leaves, and candy, turning what might normally be a scientific endeavor into fine art. As amazing as the images look here I’ve linked each through to the high resolution version on her website so you can see them in greater detail. Alpert has upcoming shows at Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery starting October 2, as well as a show called The Beauty + Biology of our Food at the Citigroup Center starting November 2. She also has limited edition prints for sale and you can find out more by contacting her here.
StreetArtNews has the scoop on new work from street artist Blu who just completed this hilarious mural in Ordes, Spain that depicts a cheering crowd of fruit and veggies as they witness their suicidal compatriots take the plunge into a massive whirring blender. This vegetarian-friendly piece is quite a departure for the artist whose most recent works in Buenos Aires and Morocco have been rather politically charged. (via streetartnews)
The miniature people inhabiting the fine art photographs of Christopher Boffoli live in a world of enormous food. A place where towering ice cream cones are turned into camping tents, where a field of peppercorns becomes a soccer match, and a savage crawfish threatens a group of men. The photos are as absurd as they are delightful. Based in Seattle, Boffoli says his work comments not only on our fascination with miniature things, but on “the American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.” To view more of his photos you can simply scroll through his website, and to see them in person you can check out his Edible Worlds exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York through August 24th. All images courtesy the artist.
As a kid, the summertime tragedy of dropping newly scooped ice cream on the sweltering hot ground is comparable to few other horrors, except maybe this sculpture by the Glue Society. The melting ice cream truck is a sculpture titled Hot With The Chance of Late Storm that was unveiled at the 2006 Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney. Quick, somebody get a giant spoon. (via ian brooks)
I never tire of seeing what Minneapolis designer Brock Davis decides to do with his food. From his famous broccoli house to his gummy bear skin rug and the fantastic rice krispyhenge, he never seems to run out of ingenious ideas. The destiny of the three cucumbers sitting in my kitchen has just changed dramatically.