Jeff Friesen may be an award-winning fine art photographer, but he also has a 7-year-old girl, and a small playful side. For his series 50 States of Lego , he represents funnily every state of the United States through a unique aspect of its culture, its geography or its history, by staging figurines very precisely, as in a real mini photo studio.
For his latest works in the ongoing series Art History in Contemporary Life, Ukrainian artist and designer Alexey Kondakov (previously here and here ) has staged classical paintings in scenes from modern day Naples, Italy.
We are often inundated with images of famous artworks, pieces even the most disconnected art viewer can name on the spot. These portraits however make up a very small percentage of the work in museums worldwide, the majority of faces either nameless or not burned into memory—men, women, and children immortalized by brushstroke but forgotten by time. These anonymous faces are the ones that French artist Julien de Casabianca ( previously ) is most drawn to, and has been “liberating” for the last few years by placing recreations of the unknown on urban street corners and abandoned buildings as a part of his Outings Project ..
This season’s hottest new retro-kitsch action figures pre-date GI Joes and Power Rangers by nearly 500 years. If you’ve ever imagined what Michelangelo’s “David” would look like while locked in heated battle with Rodin’s “The Thinker,” or how “Venus de Milo” would use a brand new set of articulated arms, The Table Museum has your answer.