Body Part Art

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Kim Joon a talented Graphic artist from Korea has produced a range of remarkable body art works which are not actually body painted.

First he uses 3-D animation software to create the body or bodies he wants. After building the 3 dimensional body he grafts on the type of skin he desires such as animal skin, artificial skin or human skin. Kim has found inspiration for his skins from leather bags, shoes, reptiles and many interesting objects. He uses this surface skin and grafts it onto the 3 dimensional image he created often including artistic elements and patterning.

The result is quite realistic and beautiful.

Honey Preservation

American photographer Blake Little has covered portrait subjects in large quantities of honey in a collection he calls ‘Preservation’. Models representing a diverse range of ages, ethnicities and body types have been completely canvassed in cascading sheets of honey, resulting in their almost amber-preserved appearance. Its as if a contemporary cross-section of society has been frozen in time.

Fashion an Expression

Iris-van-HerpenIris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer and couturier renowned for her futuristic, fantastical styles. Van Herpen’s designs are quite unique and works of art in themselves. Her early adoption of 3D printing technologies placed her in the vanguard of the technology’s introduction into fashion.

The designer writes on her website, “for me fashion is an expression of art that is very close related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting. In all my work I try to make clear that fashion is an artistic expression, showing and wearing art, and not just a functional and devoid of content or commercial tool.”

Herpen has no specific designs in mind when she sets out to make a garment. Rather, the designer says her process if much more like a labyrinth whereby she hits a series of dead ends, never quite knowing where she will end up. This, she says, is what creation and working with your hands is all about.

The 30-year-old’s designs are prized by eccentric celebrities such as Björk, Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness.

Dancer Delicacy – Bert Nilsson

Today we admire the photographic works of Bertil Nilsson. Bert was born in Sweden but resides in London now where he works. He describes himself as being a visual artist working primarily with photography, but he has also worked on  short films. Bert collaborates closely with dancers and circus artists and draws inspiration from the body, nature, architecture and digital technology.

His unique eye and ability to capture beauty in the human form, in motion is quite stunning and so we’ve gathered a few of his works for you to admire below.

Tiger Style Photography by Haris Nukem

Haris Nukem is a London based Photographer that has captured the attention of the creative community and therefore sparked our interest here at SDC. Haris possesses a unique style of photography which he names ‘Tiger Style’. His gritty urban scenes and not so perfect models portray a sense of reality with all its flaws and imperfections. Yet as ‘dirty’ as some of the images may seem there is also a natural, un-effortless beauty that can only be found in the raw depiction of man.

 

Fembots, Cyborgs and Androids

Fembots were a pop-culture staple long before Austin Powers battled them-witness the popularity of The Bionic Woman, The Stepford Wives and Blade Runner. But what is it about curvaceous cyborgs that stirs the imagination?

To some, fembots represent the perfect male fantasy: They´re sexy and submissive and have more techie features than the Xbox 360. But they also have a dangerous side that can reduce walls to rubble and make an army retreat. Perhaps the fembot´s allure resides in her ability to walk the line between total obedience and unfathomable power.

Feminist science-fiction writer Amy Thomson, author of robot-comes-of-age novel Virtual Girl, suggests that the fembot myth is attractive to men because it deals with a woman you create and control. But tech journalist Daniel Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, argues that fictional fembots have hardly been portrayed as controllable-in fact, he claims, they´re often presented as the most dangerous robots of all, because feelings of attraction to them could leave their victims vulnerable to attack. A sexy robot that´s aggressive could be a wolf in rubberized skin, he says.

The world´s first big-screen fembot was introduced in Fritz Lang´s 1927 science-fiction masterpiece Metropolis, a film set in a stylized future world of elite technocrats and oppressed machinists. A mad scientist who wants to destroy the machinists invents a beautiful, sadistic female robot that takes the place of a kidnapped political reformer named Maria. The evil Maria robot advocates war and gives a half-speech, half-striptease that whips the machinist masses into a revolutionary fervor.

Metropolis´s sexy, dangerous cyborg became the template for countless others, though not for several decades. There were few fembots in the mid-20th century, but the desire to connect beautiful women and high-tech machines was manifest in the cheesecake pinups painted on fighter planes and the dramatic curves of 1950s roadsters. Indeed, cars were the fembots of the Cold War era, with voluptuous lines and sparkling fins designed to echo the female form. Robots, on the other hand, were depicted as clumsy automatons like Robby the Robot in Forbidden Planet (1956). Despite Robby´s male name, the sweet, lumpy ´bot acted like a traditional housewife, bustling around, making clothes, and cooking for the other characters.

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But as women´s social roles shifted in real life, so did those of their machine counterparts. In the 1970s, women had broken away from their Robby the Robota style roles in the home and embraced the feminist movement, which led to a crop of fembot protest movies. The most famous of these is The Stepford Wives (1975), a fable in which men replace their uppity wives with obedient, beautiful robots who love cooking, cleaning and sex.

But the pop-culture fembots of the past two decades have been far from domestic. In the 1980s movie Eve of Destruction, a luscious robot with a nuclear bomb for a heart threatens a city with extinction after a man in a bar calls her a bitch. In Blade Runner (1982), Daryl Hannah plays a delicate yet violent robot named Pris who nearly kills Harrison Ford´s character. Terminator 3 (2003) features a female version of the killer cyborg once played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. And, most spectacularly, nearly all the powerful cylons in the SciFi Channel´s hit TV series Battlestar Galactica are played by strong, devastatingly gorgeous women.

The Battlestar ´bots may be reminiscent of Metropolis´s Maria, but there are shades of Stepford in today´s real-life fembots. Osaka University researcher Hiroshi Ishiguro debuted office android Repilee Expo, modeled after Japanese TV newscaster Ayako Fujii and designed to be a perfect secretary who smiles and flutters her eyelids. But her bosses should beware-if life imitates art, Repilee could take a science-fictional turn for the nasty. We saw it in the movies: Labor unions and sexual-harassment suits are always preferable to an angry fembot. After all, she´s bound to be stronger, faster and smarter than you.

By Annalee Newitz, for Popular Science

Xpresso Fix as compiled an inspiring and sexy fembot gallery for your enjoyment:

Androgynous

androgynous ~ partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex

Some may argue that the rise in popularity of androgynous models is due in part to the very unisex fashion being produced and metrosexual, free lifestyles that have become more popular and acceptable in the last 10 years. The fashion industry as we see it in the media always aims to project the future on us and perhaps the future is far less black and white then what we think.

In today’s post we feature some of the top androgynous models in the fashion scene today:

Born in the Ukraine but living most of his life in Israel its hard to believe that Fashion Model Stav Strashko is in fact a man. Exceptionally feminine in appearance Stav says, “Most people in fashion assume I’m a girl.”, “I really don’t care. Many of my friends address me as ‘she.’ Sometimes, I address myself as a ‘she’ too. I swear, I really don’t care—you can call me whatever you’re comfortable with.” Interestingly, Stav still identifies as a man and has not undergone any sexual reassignment surgery like many other androgynous models.

 

 

Andrej Pejic was born a boy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a few months before the Bosnian War and had to flee to a refugee camp near Belgrade for safety. After the NATO-led bombing began in 1999, Andrej and her family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia. From an early age Andrej identified as a girl and has recently completed her gender-confirmation surgery. Now a successful model, she has modelled for designers such Marc Jacobs and Gaultier where she worked in the male and female fashion shows.

 

But attractive, feminine men are not the only androgynous models making it big in the fashion world. Harmony Boucher, a Londoner, female model but with just enough masculine features to make you pause – is a top model and singer with a band called ‘Vuvuvultures’. The advantage of being a androgynous model is that you can model as a man or a woman – and with modelling jobs difficult enough to come by this can only be seen as a positive.

 

When Swedish model Erika Linder was asked about modelling in both woman’s and men’s fashion ranges she responded ‘I love that since it brings out so much more of who I am. Also, I think I would be so bored doing only female modelling stuff. I’d like to keep a balance.’ When asked if being mistaken for a boy bothered her Erika responded ‘I wouldn’t call it a problem but yet, basically through my whole life so far, people have mistaken me for being a boy. But its funny because I get to go to the men’s bathroom, which I see as a benefit when the girls bathroom always has a line.’

It seems the trend set by the fashion industry a few years ago is here to stay and with equality finally becoming accessible to various gender and sexual orientations around the world – it only makes sense that we should start to see more beautiful models and people in everyday life who cross the gender rules we’ve become accustomed to.

We’ve collected images of some of the most stunning androgynous models out there. See if you can figure out their gender?