Florent Tanet was hoping to give people a reprieve from the dreariness of winter with his series “A Colorful Winter”. His series features precision-cut fruits and vegetables cleverly arranged to give the viewer a startling contrast. What’s amazing and amusing about his work is the painstaking care he took to make sure that the pieces of fruit or vegetable fit together seamlessly. He had apples and onions cut and connected in such a way as to resemble caterpillars. A stalk of leek had pieces of carrot and cucumber grafted into its stalk. One of my favorites is a couple of halved green and red cabbages arranged to look like a single head of cabbage. This series was on display at the Le Bon Marché department store in Paris.
Hong Yi, who sometimes goes by the name Red, is a hot, new, and definitely creative young artist from Malaysia. She doesn’t deal with anything as common as a paintbrush, instead, she creates art out of anything she can get her hands on. Among the unlikely objects she has used are: a cup of coffee, a basketball, rocks, ketchup, milk, salt, shirts, and even sunflower seeds! She said ” I like to grab whatever I can get hold of and turn them into art. It’s more fun that way!”
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At first glance, the incongruity of the subjects in Lyubomir Sergeev’s work will elicit a smile. The thing is, the longer you look at his work, the more you understand the actual depth and meaning behind it. Each detail of this Bulgarian artist’s work is carefully thought out, making the digitally enhanced images pop out and grab the viewer by the eye. The picture above shows what appears to be a model in a skimpy red outfit holding a hamper and a dog on a leash. It’s only later when I realize that it’s supposed to be a parody of the popular children’s fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.