To be honest, these have always creeped and repulsed the living Hell out of me. I attended a show of Farmer’s in NYC, lasted about 10 minutes and then I hightailed it out of there; I was just that bothered. They’re fantastic, though, so here you are:
Tessa Farmer - Swarm (2004) - mixed media, desiccated insect remains, dried plant roots, and other organic ephemera
“Farmer’s tiny sculptures give a glimpse into the world of fairies. No story-book land of Tinkerbells, Swarm envisions the purveyors of mischief and magic as an actual species, as animalistic and Darwinian as any other.
Exchanging Victorian romanticism for the darker pragmatism of science, Farmer evidences her specimens as fearsome skeletal fiends, plausible ‘Hell’s Angels’ of a microscopic apocalypse.
Posed in dramatic battle formations, Farmer’s menagerie wages war against garden variety pests; each figure, painstakingly hand crafted and adorned with real insect wings, stands less than 1 cm tall.”
Commando Group (A group of people who specialize in visual identity, art direction, illustration and photography).
The objective of this project is to investigate the boundaries between photography and graphic design/illustration and hopefully produce something remarkable in the process. The original photographs were provided py photographer Damian Heinisch.
Accents of colored pigeons permeate swarms of grey as part of the project ‘some pigeons are more equal than others’ by Berlin-based artists Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck during the 2012 Venice Biennale. The duo have collaborated to dye the birds in an effort to change people’s perception of them being considered the ‘rats of the sky’. Without harming the feathered critters, Charriere and Bismarck spray-painted them with a specially created booth, where they believe the creatures will become less offensive, and in turn, more accepted by those traveling the Venetian piazzas.