Maybe I’m late to the table on this one, but I just encountered Shauna Richardson‘s taxidermy crochet for the first time. I don’t think they require a terrible amount of explanation, but I will say that the photography of her taxidermy “in the wild” is really pretty striking. Also via her website: “For two years she has been creating the largest single-handed crochet sculpture in the world. The finished piece will be housed in a mobile glass taxidermy style case and tour throughout 2012.” What! Can’t wait to see the unveiling of this crochet behemoth. (via who killed bambi)
The Robot Book is the latest creation from Brooklyn-based artist and photographer Thomas Jackson (previously). It’s actually the culmination of a larger photo project he completed last year which follows dreamlike story of a lone robot in a post-apocalyptic future, carrying on the day-to-day menial tasks of life. The book is constructed from sheet metal, salvaged wood, and is embedded with an antenna (!) and other electrical components. It contains 24 giclée-printed photographs and 7 giclée-printed illustrations by Jackson.
When I began this project three years ago, I didn’t know I was making a book. The plan was to create a series of staged photographs addressing a set of themes that interested me, among them our culture’s obsession with hard work and our less-than-harmonious relationship with the natural world. Composed in narrative form, in the manner of a medieval tapestry or altarpiece, the pictures would tell the story of a solitary robot’s last days in a post-apocalyptic place. But when I completed the images in late 2010, the project felt unfinished. The story seemed to need one last narrative twist. The answer, I came to realize, was a book. A book that was itself an artifact from the world I’d created in the pictures. A combination of organic, manufactured and mechanical components, it would be the sort of thing the robot himself might have made. The result is a mixed media mash-up that’s part sculpture, part graphic novel, part photo book and part gadget—an inscrutable relic long lost in an apocryphal future.
If you’re interested in obtaining a copy (a limited edition of 11) you can contact the artist directly via his web site.
A collection of photographs by Takayuki Nakazawa and Hiroshi Manaka, the founding members of NAM, a collective of artists including photographers, graphic designers, makeup artists and others. The photos are created without the use of digital effects, instead relying on complex webs of filament, clever shifts in perspective, and other low-budget techniques. Truly mesmerizing and dreamlike imagery. NAM’s first public exhibition, A Fantasy in Life, opens at Public/Image.3D on February 25th. (via spoon and tamago)