Kirsty’s Wonderland

Talented and young fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell has produced an award-winning series of conceptual portraits titled ‘Wonderland’. Taking inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland story Mitchell decided to explore childhood themes shared by her mother, an English teacher, who died from cancer several years earlier. Beautiful Models dressed in extravagant costumes were photographed against mystical, natural settings like deeply wooded forests to evoke the elements of mystery and fantasy enjoyed by Mitchell’s mother.

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The success of her first few photos drove the artwork into uncharted territory as the photoshoots grew into increasingly ornate endeavors where costumes and props for each image were sewn, painted, and assembled by hand, requiring up to five months of prep for a single shot. Mitchell recounts the series’ evolution in an essay on her website.

The full collection of 74 storybook images will soon be available  on Kickstarter.

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: