This series of photos, Bodybuilder’s World by Kurt Stallaert, are kind of fantastic. I’m creeped out by normal bodybuilders, but these digitally manipulated, seemingly steroid laden, youth are beyond scary. It’s an eerie depiction of something I consider to be a common affliction in our society. That’s not saying that I think bodybuilding is running rampant among todays youth. Not at all. The issues of body image and that they affect people of every age…that’s what I take away from these for some reason. Is that what the artist intended? I have no idea. That’s what I see though, and I’m intrigued…and more than just a little bit bothered by these.
My newest project has me pondering all kinds of things, Pinky and the Brain namely, but that aside since it has nothing to do with the project other than I can’t say ‘World Domination’ without thinking of those choice lab rats. This quad of images is part of an ongoing look at how big businesses are dominant within the world but more so the American landscape, and how our priorities and freedoms are being skewed, have been skewed or will be skewed in the future. Also supposed to be a little humorous…but in a kind of sad way?