Portraits Inside Portraits Send a Message About Celebrity Culture.

Syaiful A. Rachman, an Indonesian artist, created a series of celebrity images. These pictures are instantly recognizable by their subjects, with the images  becoming timeless in their own right. Think of the Abbey Road album cover, the publicity still of Bruce Lee in his white tank top, and others like them. Celebrity-themed art is nothing new, but Rachman’s twist on a traditional portrait provides a refreshing approach. 

The paintings show the faces of celebrities when viewed from afar. Upon closer inspection, you can see that Rachman painted them using hundreds of tiny human figures. The positions and clothing of the figures form the larger portrait. It takes a lot of work to do a straightforward portrait, but imagine the work in creating each one of those tiny people!

A detail shows the individual figures that make up the larger portrait.

The concept of these paintings invoke the idea that the average person—faceless, unseen and small—is ultimately responsible for others becoming iconic figures. Without popular support, celebrities would be nobodies like everyone else.

“Amid our glorification and idolatry of the sought-after crowd, it is easy to forget that it is the power of our favor that holds them aloft,” Rachman explains. It’s also part of a larger concept in his work, dealing with “mass culture” and what that entails. Despite the apparent facelessness of fans, each fan is an individual, and Rachman’s work reminds us that mass culture is “in fact much more profound and complex than we might think.”

All images via Syaiful A. Rachman

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This Artist Does Something With Cereal I Didn’t Think Was Possible. It’s Both Impressive And Delicious.

Your parents probably told you not to play with your food. That’s sound advice for most people (especially if you’d like to eat in public without drawing stares). Thankfully, artist and photographer Sarah Rosado didn’t listen to her parents when they told her that food wasn’t meant to be played with. Instead of leaving her breakfast alone, she decided to honor some of her favorite celebrities by creating cereal portraits of them. You might not believe just now impressive these are.

This series is called “Celebrity Cereal Portrait.”

Sarah was inspired one morning while she was listening to music and eating breakfast.

Each of these detailed portraits takes about 5 hours to make.

First, she sketches out the celebrity.

Then, she crushes the cornflakes into various shapes and sizes.

She uses a pin to carefully shape the smaller areas, like the nose and mouth.

Move over, latte art.

There’s a new breakfast-themed art in town.

Sarah is a self-taught artist that has sought to challenge herself.

This cereal art is just another avenue that she can conquer.

If you’d like to see more of this New York artist’s work, check out her web page. Or, you can follow her on Instagram. She does so much more than just playing with her food (but that has to be my favorite project).

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