There is more than one way to look at a storm drain – in fact, this artwork suggests there may be many. While he is most famous for making sewer drains, manhole covers and other urban street objects into funny faces, 6emeia has made an entire cast of characters and objects out of these oft-overlooked (and frequently underfoot) but entirely essential city features.
Unlike the human eye, the lens of a camera can’t judge spatial relationships, and photographs can only ever show a flat representation of a subject. But what happens when you take those flat, two-dimensional images and create three-dimensional sculpture?
Photographer Josef Hoflehner, born 1955 in Austria, is at the same time a photographer and documentalist. His black and white photographs – still lifes and images of architecture and landscape – stand for themselves; they are not bound to any narrative content.
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Dolls have long held a singular ability to unintentionally scare the daylights out of children and adults alike, for reasons that aren’t always easy to voice. But some artists have learned to use that inherent creepiness to their advantage in making strange and surreal yet often elegant and intricate art dolls, figurative sculpture and puppets. From otherworldly ball-jointed dolls to sculptures that could easily be props in a horror movie, these works of art are definitely not toys.
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