Though he shot it 10 years ago, Phillip Toledano’s 2004 photography series “Hope & Fear” still rings true a decade later as a diagnosis of our collective fears in 21st-century America. While the artist’s recent work, though highly stylized, is mostly documentary, “Hope & Fear” presents a nightmarish fantasy though its elaborate costuming and staging. In each surreal portrait, the sitter becomes subsumed in a substance or object that represents a specific societal problem or common anxiety taken to the extreme.
In one piece where a slender woman is covered in a sort of cloak made of life-like breasts, Toledano invites us to think of the ways female bodies are hyper-sexualized by the media. In another piece, a woman peeks out from beneath a burqa made from paper McDonald’s bags — a piece that could either be interpreted as commentary on the ever-presence of consumerism, right-wing mistrust of Islam or perhaps neither or both. Toledano insists all the costuming for this series was built in real life, no Photoshop tricks involved. Though his photography is highly suggestive, it’s open-ended enough to be interpreted differently by each viewer.
Joongwon (Charles) Jeong is a hyperrealist painter from South Korea. A freelance artist and illustrator, Jeong studied Visual Communication Design at the Hongik University of Fine Art & Design in Seoul.
Jeong’s preferred medium is acrylic on canvas which he says is so versatile and its effect ranges from “thick, oil-like texture to watercolour splashes.”
Natural Eye Color Chart
I am beyond T50.
My eye color changes. It would range from D30 to D60 depending whatever they feel like doing. I had one person tell my they could literally witness them changing color as they stared at them. They just kinda do whatever they want.
I think I’m T50? If not darker than that…
im sort of a mix of D40 and C40 idk
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Inside the Secret Sketchbooks of @graemebase
For more from Graeme’s previously-unseen library of sketches, follow @graemebase on Instagram.
If these images of mechanical, organic and otherwordly creatures feel familiar, it could be because they come from the imagination of beloved children’s book illustrator Graeme Base (@graemebase).
"I’ve been writing and illustrating picture books for something like 30 years, but for every finished piece there are dozens of sketches that have never seen the light of day," he explains. The Australian artist—perhaps best known for the 1986 alphabet book Animalia (1986)—uses his Instagram account to share this trove of beautiful, unpublished pieces.
"The recurring themes in my art are nature and fantasy with whimsical overtones," he says. "I’m slightly shocked to find myself well into my fifties now, but inside the 11-year-old schoolboy is alive and kicking."