Miniature Absurdist Scenes With A Darkly Satirical Twist By Frank Kunert – Design You Trust

Miniature Absurdist Scenes With A Darkly Satirical Twist By Frank Kunert

Downward, 2013

German photographer Frank Kunert is known for creating painstakingly detailed miniature worlds and photographing them, with unexpected, often witty results.

Working slowing, consciously perceiving, precisely observing; in our increasingly fast-paced and abstract world, this type of working method seems to be more and more rare. Still, we know that the exception proves the rule. If Frank Kunert (*1963 in Frankfurt am Main) did not have the patience and calm he exhibits in creating his miniature, stage settings—immortalized in photographs made with a large-format analog camera—his “small worlds” would lose the charm we’ve grown so fond of through his previous publications, Verkehrte Welt (Inverted world) and Wunderland. Here, the ordinary quickly reaches its limits and traverses beyond ad absurdum, while tragedy veers into comedy, and wit becomes debatable. Kunert’s works exist between the poles of grotesque and metaphysics. His new book, Lifestyle, adds twenty-four miniatures to these philosophically based stories of everyday life.

More: Frank Kunert, ‘Lifestyle’ h/t: guardian

Flying High, 2016

In Lifestyle, his third book, he deploys these intricate models to explore the absurdity of the mundane. Everyday domestic components – a staircase, a steering wheel, a Christmas tree – are reconfigured in surreal ways.

One Bedroom Apartment, 2016

Here, all the basic mod cons of a standard studio apartment, from a toilet and sink to a TV and a single bed, are stacked like mismatched Tetris blocks in an unliveable matchbox-size living space

Eternal Love, 2014

Kunert, a consummately analogue artist, uses lightweight foam board, modelling clay and paint to construct his models, then photographs them with a large-format film camera.

Dream Trip, 2016

Travelling to faraway places from the comforts of one’s home is a recurring theme in Kunert’s work, be it the desk-turned-dashboard of this red-walled study…

A Childhood Dream, 2016

…or the crib mounted on a motorbike in this child’s pink nursery.

White Christmas, 2015

Kunert talks of his make-believe worlds as projection screens. The absence of protagonists is what makes them so accessible to anyone looking in: you can make of these worlds what you will.

Under the Bridge, 2016

In his introduction to the book, art historian Jörg Restorff notes the pleasure Kunert takes in juxtaposing – or indeed enmeshing – impossible pairings.

Privacy, 2017

A Stammtisch is both a friendly get-together and the large, circular table one might gather around to have one. The Stammtisch depicted in this image is decidedly neither.

A Place in the Sun, 2014

Here the wildly protruding balcony of a new-build crowds out the dilapidated house next door, rendering its own lacklustre balcony unusable.

Flood, 2015

Kunert’s works walk a fine line between the humorous and the ominous.

The Game Is Over, 2017

Kunert’s titles play an integral role in his works, this one taking several meanings – snow has made playing football on this pitch impossible, and turned the goal into a dinky study, replete with a no-football sign.

Climbing Holidays, 2017

This model of a hotel on stilts brings to mind Tatzu Nishi’s suspended spaces, in which rooms, and even functioning hotels, are installed around historical public monuments.

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