Monday, 4 March 2013

Worlds Miniature Scenes On Food

Seattle-based artist Christopher Boffoli's "Disparity" series aims to highlight America's culture of over consumption, using hand painted railway model figurines glued into place onto real food. "I chose food as a backdrop because it is a constant," said Christopher.  "People see a striking image of food and are immediately drawn in because it is something familiar....

"Citrus mower"

 "Carrot runners"

 "Chocolate quarry"
 "Advanced yoga"
 "Clamshell lovers"
 "Pancake production crew"
 "Chocolate cake crumb vacuum"
 Working on his project since 2006, Christopher has been inspired by the Lilliputians of 'Gulliver's Travels' to create his scenes. "The set-ups come from a very organic place," said Christopher. "I'll usually start with the food, seeing what's in season at the farmer's market, considering what I've shot before. Or I think about iconic foods, like Oreo cookies. I also consider how I can populate those images with figures with a context that makes sense.
"Pepperoni fire brigade"

 "Rhubarb tart fishermen"
 "We have a lot of overcast days here in Seattle so it has marvellous, diffused light. I try to use available light as much as possible, though if I'm still working as the evening approaches I'll set up a couple of off-camera slaves to add light. "

"Pepper vespas"

 "Macaron production team"
 "Kiwi painters"

 "Chocolate cake crumb vacuum"
 "As an American too I think my choice is conscious in terms of the strange and often negative relationship that many Americans have towards food. I mean, the work is mostly humorous on the surface and most viewers will react to the humour in it.  But I'm also perhaps making some other statements too about North America's food bounty, overuse, abuse and obsessions."
"Green bean sawmill"
 "Cucumber sunbathers"
 "Hand warmer"

 "These images look simple but can be tedious to set-up," said Christopher. "I'll often try to do multiple set-ups over a few hours.  Some go quickly.  Others take longer.  I'll work out lighting and depths-of-field. There is a certain corner of my studio that I tend to use for this project.  
"Apple tart flasher"

 "Barricade challengers"
 Christopher feels though that humour must be at the core of every image he is creating. "The images have a strength and a personality of their own," said Christopher. But they are most often exhibited with captions that lend an extra bit of energy to the concept, and of course, often reinforce the laugh. Hopefully it gives the viewer a laugh at the expectation of events that may have followed."
"Blackberry CSI"
"S'mores cupcake skier"
"Waffle beekeepers"


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