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Best of Weekend 2019 : Philipp Zechner – Surreal Botanics


My series “Surreal Botanics” draws its inspiration from the shapes of plants and vegetables that are viewed in close-up and altered with nails and screws. Playing on the contrast between the soft and the hard, the round and pointed as well as the living and the dead, those objects display a surreal beauty which reminds me a bit of the ready-mades of the 1920s. Their enigma captures the viewer, while their contrasting forms please the eye. As such, they are a piece of pure art, without any obvious intention, that still invite to meditate on the wonders of evolution, the relationship between nature and human intervention, and the realms of imagination that continue to elude our modern world that is addicted to control and categorizations.

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