American artist and photographer Lori Nix shares a common fascination with me – the seemingly impending post-apocalyptic world, which is why I’m so immediately attracted to her work. She constructs these incredible dioramas and expertly lights and photographs them so as to appear almost hyperreal. Combining her love of landscape art with the childhood memories of living in disaster-prone Kansas, she posits a foreseeable future in her “doomsday dollhouse” photographs.
In my newest body of work “The City” I have imagined a city of our future, where something either natural or as the result of mankind, has emptied the city of it’s human inhabitants. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats and bars no longer function. The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man’s encroachment. I am afraid of what the future holds if we do not change our ways regarding the climate, but at the same time I am fascinated by what a changing world can bring. – Lori Nix, via her website
The end of civilization as we know it is a mesmerizing inevitability that we as humans, are naturally drawn to, so why not continuing to explore this conceptual world without humanity in various art forms? Like our dreams when we sleep, it helps us to further connect with the idea of our own mortality as a species, and reflect on what we’ve done to this planet, and how it will continue to thrive without us in the end. We are but a twinkle in the eye of the storm.
To find out more about Lori Nix and see her work, check out her website.
Chinese Take-Out, 2013
Beauty Shop, 2010
Circulation Desk, 2012
Laundromat at Night, 2008
Great Hall, 2006
Taylor Holland’s photographs are so aesthetically pleasing and each series is so diverse, that I wanted to show you another collection – these are comprised of details from European tour bus designs, shot in Paris, circa 2011. I love the modern clean lines and bright colours, and he’s managed to frame them in such a way that they truly become works of geometric abstraction. He’s even published them in a book entitled Eurobus, available now on Matmos Press (Montreal, 2012).
If you liked the past two series, check out some of his other work, such as his collection Public Sleeping.
Taylor Holland’s Frames are a beautiful sight to behold – so beautiful in fact, that they belong in a museum…oh wait – they are in a museum! The Louvre to be exact. Holland creates these strikingly textured images by photographing frames from the great works that are hanging in the Louvre and digitally filling them in with content extracted from the very frames themselves. Currently he is working with Sainthill Lijsten, a company that deals in antique restoration to create physical reproductions of this concept – using antique frames and creating hand-crafted moulds with which to fill them in. What a gorgeous concept!
Check out his website if you want to see more of his lovely photography.
…And to top it all off, a Burberry pancake! (Unrelated, but whimsical none the less!)
French artist Francoise Nielly is a widely-publicized photographer and illustrator, best known for her beautiful neon portraits. Her fantastic use of colour in her oil paintings is vibrant and electric, seeming to breathe life with bold, dynamic strokes.
Check out more of her amazing portraits and photographs here.