above: Photo by Marco Jongeneel. Model: Sophie
above composite by If It's Hip, It's Here
Gangredine Consumptus, a project by a Rotterdam based artist collective Rotganzen, is a commentary on all the toxins and chemicals we put into our bodies. The words of such lethal poisons as radon, arsenic, benzene and tobacco are cast in translucent colored resin and placed upon wooden sticks so they resemble lollipops (or suckers or lollies, depending upon your country of origin).
As they appeared in Rotganzen's solo show with Collection I at Dek22 Rotterdam, 2011:
photos by Pim Top and Marco Jongeneel
ROTGANZEN was formed in 2009 by Robin Stam (1981), Joeri Horstink (1982) and Mark van Wijk (1984) shown below:
Over a year ago I introduced my readers to a very talented photographer named Massimo Gammacurta. Within his diverse portfolio of work was a series of lollipops made in the shape of famous brand logos. Now, the photographer's lollies are presented in a new book.
Massimo Gammacurta and Visionairs Gallery present: Lolli-POP, the lollipops show.
Lolli-pop is the latest conceptual still life project by Italian born photographer Massimo Gammacurta. Each piece is a real Lollipop sculpture is handcrafted by Massimo Gammacurta with real hard ball candy. His lollies are edible icons.
The brands are as sweet as candy for the palate and the eye. The brand association has in fact been replaced by a new meaning through the materiality and the abstract action painting dynamic gestures. When Massimo first distributed his lolli-pops on the Internet as an art experiment, interest amongst bloggers and fashionistas exploded. With this book, his lolli-pops of world renowned brands are released into the world once again for consumption, but now in print.
Some spreads from the book:
Buy the book here.
Book presentation and solo exhibition, Paris may 18 to june 7
Visionairs Gallery, Rue des Carmes 14, 75005 Paris – France
T +[0|1 42 61 15 15
Opening May 18th, 6pm
Photographer Massimo Gammacurta not only takes nice photos like hundreds of still life and fashion photographers, but his concepts turn his pieces into more than just still lives and product shots, they become narratives or statements. Several blogs have written about his 'fashion weapons' shots for Style Monte Carlo Magazine, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Below are some of his editorial photographs, but be aware that the last campaign shown in this post is R-rated or NSFW.
His shots for Surface magazine's Scary Movies Story made reference to movies such as The Exorcist, The Shining and Clockwork Orange with black and white still lives:
For a feature on Anorexia, he took such mundane food related items as toast and a glass of water and with the simple alteration of adding holes, he visually defined the illness.
Photos for his series "Sweet Fashion, Lick Your Way To Success" he turned luxury brand icons and logos into lollipops:
Prevously mentioned, his Weapons Story for Style Montecarlo Magazine took beauty products and grouped them together as still lives that mimic guns, grenades and bombs in shape:
But one of his most artistic editorials may offend some who have a sensibility to overt sexuality. Sex In The City; The Sunglasses Story features various designer sunglasses as a voyeuristic window, with the images behind the lens revealing certain sexual activity in an otherwise public city setting.
About the photographer (courtesy of Feature Shoot):
Conceptual still life photographer Massimo Gammacurta was born in Rome, Italy. Influenced by the futurist art movement, the graffiti culture, and Fellini and Pasolini films, he has shot stills and portraits for a host of publications and advertising such as Details, Forbes, Style Montecarlo, XXL, Nike, Lexus, Wieden & Kennedy, and Surface Magazine. In November 2007, Massimo was nominated as one of the winners of the Surface magazine Avant Guardian tenth annual. Massimo also won PX3 in Paris public choice awards, first and second place in Still Life at The international Color Awards, was in American Photography 24, took first and second place in Still Life at the International Photo Awards (IPA), two silver awards at the Creativity Awards, first place at PDN Pix Digital in Beauty/Fashion, and he has also has been included in the Luerzer’s Archive as one of the 200 Best Advertising Photographers worldwide.
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