In some of his more recent work, New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani has moved away from his previously admired interior and landscape tape illusions and has turned towards human subjects as his newest canvas.
In his series, Landline, Nihalani cleverly pierces human torsos throughout Brooklyn with three-dimensional isometric rectangles and squares made out of neon tape.
His subjects simply stand in front of the camera in white t-shirts while the bright orange, green, blue, or hot pink zig-zags and bars go right through their bodies. The artist’s keen eye for perspective is evident once again in the optical illusions, which are produced with tape, paper, corrugated plastic, and magnets.
To top off the perfectly aligned illusions, the artist has his the performative art documented in front of interesting backgrounds including brightly painted walls, graffiti art, and rooftop exit doors.
Nihalani says, “I selectively place [my] graphics around New York to highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself.”
Can you believe that these body modifications are created without using any digital editing software?
They are the painted works of a Japanese artist known simply as Chooo-san.
We first came across the unusually realistic body art of the 19-year-old Musashino Art University student this past summer and in a matter of months she has completed six new surreal body art pieces that continue to blow our minds.
Equipped with some acrylic paints and raw talent, Chooo-san has once again proven she is a master manipulator.
There’s even a hint of humor in the new works. On a lean torso of a man, she depicts a series of neatly fastened buttons and the same set of buttons appear to be popped open, unable to close shut, on the belly of a heavier set fellow.
And, yet again, the artist incorporates a modest prop (in this case a cord) to heighten the believability of the skin illustrations.
UK photographer Tim Booth believes the hands tell a more honest story about what a person has been through than faces.In an extensive photographic study, Booth has turned images of people’s hands into an alternative form of portraiture.
“When you look at just the hands, your mind is free from pre-conceptions and is able to imagine the whole life of the person, their completeness, rather than just the aesthetic of a face,” he told the ABC.
He has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most well-known people, including England’s former rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
But Booth is also intrigued by the not as well-known, everyday people with a lifetime of experience in their trade.