Chris Leib is an artist living and working in Brooklyn NY, painting and drawing Bonobo chimps and astronauts in various odd settings. Inspired by the species (mis)interpretation of historical contexts, he references a lot of Northern icon and early Renaissance works in his highly photorealistic paintings. “The subject is important to anyone doing realist work. In both what I am drawn to portray and the message I want to convey, the subject plays a vital role. Usually I’m drawn to worn or broken subjects because they bear the evidence of their existence, epistemological and often anthropological evidence. But I think these two issues, subject and self-expression, are intertwined for any realist painter. What choices I make in subject, how I paint it, the lighting, the mood, these are all expressions of the self. “It is not what you paint but how you paint it” is true, but I cannot say that what I am drawn to paint is not influenced by my methods of painting; I cannot say whether my methods have predisposed me to certain subjects. I think they have evolved together.” says the artist in his interview with Mission Arts.
I cannot stop surfing through these haunting Francesco Mugnai pictures. His photo series on abandoned amusement parks brings chills to my body as thrilling as the excitement I can recall back from visiting the amusement parks of my childhood. Here are all the memories rotting in fields and perhaps hosting some ghostly visitors.
While we can’t say for certain that this frog and beetle are friends, we’re still filing it in the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship because it looks as though they’re in the middle of a great and noble quest. Even Nicolas Reusens Boden, the Swedish photographer who took it, entitled his awesome photo The Knight and His Steed.
Nicolas had this to say about his remarkable photo:
"Although controlled, this shot was not prepared at all, I was performing a workshop with the Agalychnis callidryas treefrog from Costa Rica when the frog managed to jump to the branch where this huge titan was sleeping…I had my gear ready so I only had to change a few settings and shoot…the rest is history.”