Photographer Ben Zank crafts surreal portraits that are strange and at times, humorous. The subjects captured by New York City-based artist are often shown without faces, their visages disappearing into foliage or smoke, or otherwise, buried into the Earth. Instead of depending on the human face, Zank says that “the image itself is the emotion.”
Recent photography and costuming work by the duo Kahn & Selesnick chronicles the travels of Truppe Fledermaus, a cabaret troupe of “would-be mystics who catalogue their absurdist attempts to augur a future that seems increasingly in peril due to environmental pressures.” The “Book of Fate” works showcase the pair’s talents in both installation work and crafting narratives.
Photographer Christy Lee Rogers stages her work underwater, alluding to the vibrancy and elaborate elegance of the Baroque period. Her “Hybrids” series, in particular, blends the beauty of submerged human form, plantlife, and textiles. The artist has said that her work questions and finds “understanding in the craziness, tragedy, vulnerability, beauty and power of mankind.”
Romain Laurent‘s surreal photography mixes humor and disconcerting scenes, whether its his strange “Inner Dialogue” series or his subtly animated “One Loop Portraits.” The artist has both personal and commercial practices. Laurent hails from France but is currently based in New York City.
San Francisco-raised artist Kat Toronto blends performance art and photography under the working name of Miss Meatface, using both vintage Polaroid and contemporary methods. The artist says part of her work stems in having been diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2010 and subsequently having to receive a full hysterectomy. Toronto now uses her moniker “as an artistic and spiritual catalyst to delve into a complex set of questions about where she fits into society as a woman.”
A new group show titled “Process” features artists who use photography as “as a means to an end rather than an end in itself.” This includes usage, manipulation, and altering of photographs in media like drawing, digital art, collage, painting, and more. The Helikon Gallery & Studios show features artists like Jinsil Lee, Jessica Wohl, Corianne Wells, Curt Bean, Nicki Crock, Peter Yumi, Anitra Isler, and several others. The show runs March 18 through April 22.