Archive for November 2012
The stunning artworks above belong to Guido Mocafico, Swiss photographer, renown especially for his still life shots. His Serpens series caught my interest, as the reptiles displayed look like genuine art pieces, some kind of living sculptures. In doing so, the photographer brings a totally different perspective , because we’re talking about real snakes (I can’t even imagine how the photo session took place).
However, the snake skin is probably the most underrated element in the fashionable world of animal prints, given that existing varieties are beyond imagination (as Alexander McQueen pointed it in his last collection – Plato’s Atlantis).
The Apex Predator Shoes is a project of fantich & young and should be regarded merely as a conceptual object rather than a fashion item (yet, these fields are often interlaced, so you can take it however you like). Artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, the duo behind this curious project, have worked together since 2008, producing various pieces related to a Darwinist approach. Apex Predator Shoes (above), defined as predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of their food chain, have particular soles made of 1050 teeth dentures, while Apex Predator Suit (in the image below) is entirely made of human hair with some glass eyes as buttons and dentures again as ornament (spooky enough!).
According to artists’ website, these projects are designed as “parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world. Nature as model or nature as threat.”
Surely, the Predator Shoes are not meant for walking (yet it’s possible if you really insist), but to rise some questions, maybe contradictory feelings, a link between the values of natural vs. cultural. On the other hand, the concept could be adapted for a commercial purpose, too (I’m sure Jeremy Scott would love it).