As well as being the first woman to fill entire rooms with smartie-covered mannequins and to re-floor rooms with eggshells and live snakes, artist Sandy Skoglund can also boast being the catalyst for a current mega-trend in art and design.
We’re all aware by now that artistic fads on the internet last for about three weeks then are casually tossed aside like an old Geocities account, but some stick around for longer. The prevalence of still-life photography kicking about the internet is extraordinary, and it’s often brilliant. Look at a lot of it and you learn to separate the genii from the people who have whacked a patterned object on a vintage rug.
Sandy Skoglund’s fine art photography in the late 1970s – before internet, digital cameras and blogs – wouldn’t look out of place on any contemporary still-life photography blog now, 34 years later. Three cheers for Sandy for being one hell of a trend-prophet and a revolutionary photographer.
- Give thanks, and join us in the weekly feast that is the Best of the Web
- Discos and design explored in gorgeous new Bedford Press book Nightswimming
- Unusual nudes and strange, glittering fashion photography from Arnaud Lajeunie
- Seoul-based studio Chung Choon applies an elegance and simplicity to its posters
- See the work of some of Nick Knight's most impressive new protégés
- Designer Chloe Pannatier looks at fakes and risk in art and money
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain