Art History, gilded and dusty in the opinion of many, has often been bent and re-vamped to suit the will of bold, young and quasi-destitute artists anxious to stimulate centuries-long trajectories wrought by revered masters of painting and sculpture. Within the portfolio of Zeren Badar, a Turkish-born and New York City-based photographer, art’s academic bits collide and cohere playfully with knick-knacks and mementos of the common man.
In Bader’s Accident series, the likes of sliced cucumbers, gummy bears, Christmas ornaments, gooey cupcakes, jelly bean-stuffed condoms, neon drinking straws, raw eggs and saccharine cereals dance across and beautifully mar the faces of baroque portraits, romping nudes, and, as always with art history, a healthy dose of Madonnas and infant Christs. The artist, who has assumed the waggish pseudonym “the Penniless Photographer”, claims to be self-taught and always seeking wacky, but utilitarian, inspiration for these three-dimensional, surreal amalgamations of readymades.
Allow your eyes to splurge on some of the Penniless Photographer’s vibrant, winsome images, and stay clued in about newly Tumblr-released snaps here. With such an irreverently fresh aesthetic and a resourcefully Duchampian use of form and pigmentation, perhaps Badar won’t be without a dime much longer.