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February 11, 2006 2:25 AM   Subscribe

Neverland Amerika. "I don't know if I'm comfortable saying there's some great theory behind the pictures ..."
posted by johnny7 (10 comments total)
Owes something of a debt to Ralph Eugene Meatyard IMO.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:31 AM on February 11, 2006

Great pics, but I feel like the Flickr interface sort of cheapens them.
posted by crunchland at 4:33 AM on February 11, 2006

Kind of a wee bit like a live human take on Art Spiegelman's Maus (without the subtlety and general wondrousness).

(I know what you mean about them being hosted on Flickr, too, crunchland - the association with endless pictures of my friends'g cats/babies/etc. is hard to shake off.)
posted by jack_mo at 4:45 AM on February 11, 2006

I kind of like the effect of seeing these on Flickr, something about the presentation enhances the whole the banality of evil deal he's got going. I'd even go so far as to say that it saves the project. Aesthetically the masks function a bit like Hamburger Helper, adding a flavor of Orwellian Nightmarishness without any effort on the part of the photographer. The other tropes, Up-Side-Down US Flag, Spelling America with a K, The Harsh Arc Light and Neverland are similarly easy choices that attempt to imbue a sense of frisson in to what would other wise be some Pretty Pictures of a Barn in Winter. Definitely heavy handed student work, but he's got skills. Given time, if he gets all of the tired-for-thirty-years cliches out of his system, he might produce some compelling work .
posted by Scoo at 5:52 AM on February 11, 2006

You never see many Budgies in photos nowadays , do you ?

I like Budgies.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:43 AM on February 11, 2006

och sarge is a crap name for a character....i'd o'd on counterstrike at the time.
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:57 AM on February 11, 2006

Reminds me of Paul McCarthy.
posted by Balisong at 10:28 AM on February 11, 2006

Where do you find such cool masks? I want one.
posted by banished at 11:53 PM on February 11, 2006

Now I'm gonna have bad dreams.
posted by telstar at 11:21 AM on February 12, 2006

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