thomas jackson

Inspired by natural phenomena like swarming locusts and flocking birds, the eye-catching images in Thomas Jackson’s ongoing series Emergent Behavior appear to be the result of magical, gravity-defying forces. In reality, the brightly-colored plastic cups and cheese balls that make up his “hovering sculptures” are all part of the Brooklyn-based artist’s extremely crafty plan to change the way the viewer experiences their surroundings.
“These images attempt to tap into the fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary,” Jackson explains. “At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the pieces from unexpected materials and placing them in environment where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.” 

The Robot Book from Thomas Jackson on Vimeo.

If I had kids I’d probably read them really weird books. Not like, scary stuff, but things about architecture and art, less Curious George and the such. Another good example that’s not necessarily for kids but is still awesome is The Robot Book by Thomas Jackson. While Thomas describes the book as “a narrative series of photographs depicting a robot living a sort of post-apocolyptic nightmare in the woods of upstate New York” I think he’s done an amazing job of creating this huge battle in a beautiful, DIY way. The book itself comes in a limited edition of 11, each one being made of “sheet metal, old wood salvaged from a fallen-down chicken coop and a few electronic components.”
If you’re in the New York area you can stop by Central Booking in DUMBO to see his photos and books up close and personal. Also be sure to watch his video walkthrough of the book, it’s pretty dang nice looking.

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