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Noel Kerns is a photographer i met recently over flickr. He’s a Dallas based photographer who captures Texas towns, abandoned spaces and towns he fantasizes with his pretty intensive use of different light sources at night. He usually does night shooting, which is pretty interesting once you combine the unseen with artificial colored light strobes. He captures the essence and beauty of shooting buildings under full moon, besides shooting at the interior of those buildings.

His scenes are mostly ghostly and deserted, and it seems that he’s most affectionate about the details revealed at night through the moonlight. He names this revelation of his imagination as “execution”. This execution recreates the seen vision through the control of the space.

As i’m severely interested in abandoned spaces for the past 2 months, and will be for another while since i’m doing my video shooting in such abandoned places in my city, i envied the environment he could cope up with and fruited his final works.

Below are several of mu personal favorites, better watch this man he’s fascinating. What’s actually more fascinating is that he explains how he processes his work under each and every work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In The Spyfrost Project, photographer David Trautrimas hypothesizes the origins of iconic modern appliances by reassembling them into top secret, Cold War era military outposts. These skunkwork structures, hybrids of both machinery and architecture, stand as colossal weaponized  ancestors to common objects such as refrigerators, lawnmowers and washing machines. Fashioned with aspiring futurism, yet an ominous sense of militaristic purpose, these installations link the parallel development of capitalism’s postwar consumer culture and the Military Industrial Complex.”

In each and every one of his works, one can realize how cleverly Trautrimas has merged specific pieces of different devices in such harmonious way, rendering each scene as a city scene out of those industrial objects. Besides its aesthetic appeal, the context of his works influenced me a lot. The technical blending of the images with real landscapes renders his work perfect. Below are several images of his industrial complex.


 

Above are his city meshes, and below are more illustrative and conceptual serigraphs of him.

The artist “re-purposes” daily house objects to form fantasy cities immersing them into real landscapes. He applies his works in the name of a  modernist architect. I fell for his works first, then his statement and the way he assembles his idea into what he calls the Habitat Machines. For the rest of his works and full statement, visit.

The formation of light graphing is not much later than the formation of the typefaces and typo-graphing -surely there’s a huge difference in time and dimension of the works, yet light followed up the type and there we had photographic visualization of our environment besides the graphic one. I came across this artist, and thought what she did was actually a great topic itself, combining the formation of book and photography by fitting the book into controlled forms, and taking their photos. The books look more sculptural rather than informational in her works. The artist is Cara Baker.

 

A pictogram or pictograph is a symbol representing a concept, object, activity, place or event by illustration. Pictography is a form of writing whereby ideas are transmitted through drawing.”

 

Today, the concept of several media we use for creating images have gone and still are going through a significant transformation. That is, that illustration is not performed only with its classical means anymore, yet artists are changing their tools for illustration day by day. The first painting I’ve seen with edible material was of a friend of mine; a still life vase with flowers inside made out of meat, jam and several other leftovers, which really amazed me at first. Then I’ve seen several others benefiting from the different physical appearances and habits of nutrition.

One guy I’ve met a few months ago is a Swedish illustrator, Carl Kleiner, making assemblage of nutrition on a blissful bacground color and take their photo to finalize his illustration. His IKEA / STYLING… project is visually so graphic that it reminded me of the pictographs, meaning again illustrations that resembles to the object it is signifying. Yet what we have here is the photographed image of the object itself; perhaps too realistic to be a pictogram but the used material is usually so smooth and lack of detail that makes it close to the idea of a pictogram.

 

 

 

He mostly performs still life photography and seemingly his stylized aesthetics was appealing enough for IKEA’s “styled ingredients cookbook”: “Hembakat är Bäst” (Homemade is Best). Above are actual recipes for bakeries all broken down to their fresh ingredients.

The way he placed the ingredients have a subtle logic that gives an idea about the habit and usage of the material. That is almost what a pictogram ends up doing; as Strauss talks about the signifier and the signified in his semiotic discourse which are basic codes for deciphering linguistic signs -the color code here for instance in the case of the egg- as soon as the eye sees yellow and white near another that connotes for the egg. It clearly denotes for two yellow and white circles, whereas the translation process of the sign leads us to the idea of an egg. In the case of nutella, it’s way of being coated on a surface denotes the idea of the whole nutella jar we see in the rack. Rather then using more abstracted signs, Kleiner uses the very essence of the material he wants to place on his canvas, whether or not that is his aim.