In Lauren Fensterstock's installation work, oceans of black grass flow from room to room and ebony flowers thrive in an unnatural lushness. The artist uses jet-black paper to create dark and expansive site-specific landscapes, thick with flowers, reeds, tendrils, and vines. By doing so, she adds an artificiality to the seemingly natural environment.
Fensterdstock challenges the norm in her work. Flowers are expected to be bright and colorful, but the mounds of heavily textured flora are disturbingly monochromatic. While the unusual pallor of the flowers might seem to indicate they are burnt or dead, they actually appear to be flourishing in the barren topography.This unexpected vitality seems somewhat post-apocalyptic and the obsidian scenery becomes darkly poetic.
All of these fantastic photos were taken in the same 11.8 x 13.5 x 7.8 ft space and without the use of any photo manipulation. As though recreating worlds that only exist inside her dreams, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee painstakingly transforms her small studio, sometimes over the course of weeks and months, into surreal and vibrant worlds. Within those handmade worlds Lee then photographs herself. The amount of time and effort she devotes to creating and setting up the props and then lighting the scene - all to capture a single photo - is extraordinary.
Each elaborate scene has its own backstory, some are inspired by Lee’s own life while others have roots in old Korean fables. Sometimes it takes a moment to locate her, but she’s always there.
Wilmington, Delaware-based artist Brian Marshall creates awesome robot sculptures by reusing just about any metal object he can get his hands on. Forgotten boxes in the backs of attics and garages are his treasure chests. For Marshall, building lively little robots out of old cutlery, spice tins and car parts isn’t simply a hobby, it’s an obsession. That’s why he created Adopt-a-bot: the Found Object Art Robot Assemblage Orphanage.
"Each robot is constructed almost entirely from reused materials. These materials are cleaned and polished to varying degrees depending on the persona I am attempting to achieve. Even the nuts and bolts that are used to hold together each creation are from a recycler. With simple, fun designs that contain easily recognizable pieces, it is my hope that viewers will not only find a personality to connect with, but that they will also see the value of and possibilities for reducing, reusing and recycling in our world today."