Photographer Petros Chrisostomou takes seemingly mundane, everyday objects – hotdogs, Q-tips, banana peels, human hair – and makes you look twice by giving them a larger than life presence by playing with scale. By giving the objects such exaggerated pictorial emphasis, he comments on the value we place on them. This idea is also engaged in the contextual placement of the objects, which provokes further speculation on why and how we attach monetary, personal and overall cultural value on material things. This is most successfully, and humorously, done in Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Avenue, Whetstone N20 0AL) where the objects are brown eggs.
Chrisostomou’s latest work, Shoe Giants, engages similar ideas, using high heels as surrogates and making a bit of a mockery of and exposing the over-indulgent and narcissistic aspects of the art and fashion worlds. The arrangement of the shoes in “provocative” positions and the accompanying titles (“Slut” and “Orgy” for example) are tongue-in-cheek. Tee hee. I’m loving the color saturation on these!
Read Petros Chrisostomou’s artist statement to learn more about the artist.
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