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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Studio Likeness - Living Things

May 08, 2019

LIVING THINGS is an homage to plants.

 

In our practice as still life photographers we create images of the seemingly inanimate world. In classical still life paintings of table tops we see flowers, fruit and vegetables not moving, not breathing – and therefore not alive? The word „still“ itself suggests that these things and objects are steady and passive. Research shows though that plants are more active and communicative than we thought for a long time. They have ways of communicating and adapting to their surroundings very similar to animals. These two groups – plants and animals (including humans) – have been separated on a theoretical level since Aristotle. By calling them by our mutual term „Living things“ we try to erase this barrier in our minds.

 

The act of taking a picture is also an important topic in this series. We used the image creation process as a form of rational and aestehtical examination of our objects by flooding the plant with light, by laying it out flat on a structured surface, by printing it on paper and performing analog interventions. This process reveals the vibrancy and the fragile life of a plant, celebrating rhythm, shape and color.


Artist Blog

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Baby Steps

May 14, 2019 - Studio Likeness

Projection is one of our favorite tools. We take a picture of a picture that we took before. This process it about repetition and transformation. By projecting an image on a surface and playing with the dimensions the motif itself starts to tell a different story.

 

This is an illustration on how incredibly fast our kids grow up. Each single step is small and the little humans invest all their time and energy to learn everything from scratch. 

 

This process is also about repetition, performing the same action over and over again. But as a witness it´s sometimes hard to keep up with the speed of this development. We added time and movement to our image in an analogue way to visualize this feeling.


Not only Springtime

May 13, 2019 - Studio Likeness

Summer ist great, autumn is beautiful and winter has it´s own magic. The mystification of perfect and intact bodies has predominated the media for a long time. We notice a shift in this practice and appreciate to see a more realistic portrayal of the human body. Our sculptural illustration celebrates the beauty of imperfection.