"The only thing that limits us is our imagination."
May 22, 2012 7:09 AM   Subscribe

I think some of these are photoshopped.
posted by R. Schlock at 7:11 AM on May 22, 2012 [7 favorites]

Can you tell by the pixels?
posted by mhoye at 7:13 AM on May 22, 2012 [3 favorites]

I do like that he calls it "retouching", like 'I have corrected some small blemishes in the basic laws of physics, made some minor modifications to the fundamental natures of light and space'.
posted by mhoye at 7:16 AM on May 22, 2012 [13 favorites]

A few of them are a little "photoshop contest"y but a lot of the others are really nice.

Also, what does "strax tillbaka" mean?
posted by DU at 7:19 AM on May 22, 2012

The artwork is kinda meh on some of these, but others are incredibly poignant.
posted by rebent at 7:21 AM on May 22, 2012

Necker cubes and impossible boxes really, really hurt my brain. Yet I can't stop staring. That it's Lego makes it even harder.
posted by iamkimiam at 7:28 AM on May 22, 2012

"strax tilbaka" means I'll be back right away, or I'll be back shortly.
posted by svenni at 7:31 AM on May 22, 2012

my bedroom turned into a snowy forest nightscape once and it sucked.
posted by nanojath at 8:00 AM on May 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

These are great, I think Escher would have approved.
posted by Acey at 8:05 AM on May 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

Nice work . . . reminds me a bit of Guy Billout; you may recognize his work from The Atlantic.

This one ("Finitude") has always been my favorite . . .
posted by eggman at 8:13 AM on May 22, 2012

Roadworker's Coffee Break could be staged in "real space" and would be AWESOME.
posted by xingcat at 8:14 AM on May 22, 2012

I'm pretty sure I've built this in Minecraft. Oh, and this. And this. And this, this and this.

Wait, maybe he just has a really good Minecraft texture pack.
posted by oulipian at 8:27 AM on May 22, 2012

That guy in Perspective Squarecase is trying to reverse his orientation so he can fit the gnomon onto the sundial.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:34 AM on May 22, 2012 [2 favorites]

That first one really changed my impression of the phrase "I woke up with morning wood."
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:37 AM on May 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

Hard to believe M.C. Escher + Photoshop hadn't been done already.
posted by univac at 8:59 AM on May 22, 2012

so many of these, and the ones Eggman linked to, just scream CLIPART to me :/
posted by rebent at 9:23 AM on May 22, 2012

Wasn't there something in the Blue about 3D rendering making photography obsolete.

I'm certainly not going to suggest an artist give up their bliss, but the more processed digital images (I hesitate to call this photography) get, what distinguishes it from just a complex 100% computer-created rendering?

I'm not prescribing anything here, or (for once) not being a deliberate smart-ass. It's a question I ask myself a lot.
posted by clvrmnky at 10:08 AM on May 22, 2012

Oh man, these are fantastic.
posted by figurant at 10:34 AM on May 22, 2012

He gives a little background on his process in his TED talk.

Personally, while some of them are pretty neat, it seems a lot like illustration or ad work rather than "art". Perhaps because they stray so far from reality. The photographer shooting metal cubes hanging from the sky has a surreal aspect to it that invites the viewer to fill in the story. The fish with the village on it just seems like a whimsical bit of imagery that could just as easily be a painting; the fact that it's a photo doesn't add anything.
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 11:54 AM on May 22, 2012

They're also a bit like the art of Jacek Yerka (twice previously).
posted by filthy light thief at 12:33 PM on May 22, 2012

This would probably be a good portfolio for a creative retoucher. The concepts aren't anything new though, the visual metaphors are obvious and he just doesn't really have any style, unlike the other artists people are mentioning.
posted by PJMcPrettypants at 4:02 PM on May 22, 2012

Very Storm Thorgerson.
posted by colie at 3:52 AM on May 23, 2012

Haters gonna hate, I suppose . . . rebent, you didn't look hard enough at Guy Billout's work if you consider it "Clipart" . . .
posted by eggman at 11:16 AM on May 30, 2012

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