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Homo Plasticus: Philip Toledano Photos March 3, 2011

Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Art, exhibition, Fine Art , trackback

Dina Photo Philip Toledano
Dina Photo Philip Toledano

The inventive and creative Philip Toledano came to my attention when he photographed his father in a lyrical yet heartbreakingly honest photographic style in the series Days with My Father . He  is also capable of creating staged and fantastical imagery, as with his Hope&Fear series. In many cases, he combines the two sensibilities. In A New Kind of Beauty, Toledano documents plastic surgery patients, drawing out both their ethereal qualities as well as their tragic humanity.

On his website he writes:

“I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves.

Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?

Is beauty informed by contemporary culture? By history? Or is it defined by the surgeon’s hand? Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless?

When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity?

Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?”

Toledano’s latest ofering now at Brooklyn’s Klompching Gallery is the A New Kind of Beauty. It will attract large audiences.
Toledano  stages his subjects coolly in  a classical large-format studio-style.

Angel by Philip Toledano
Angel by Philip Toledano

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