'Beetle's House' by Terunobu Fujimori, located in the Medieval & Renaissance Room; commissioned by the V&A, © Terunobu Fujimori
There’s a scene in Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy ‘Zoolander’ where the eponymous male supermodel smashes up an architectural model of a new school that’s due to be built in his honour upon seeing it for the first time. ‘How are we supposed to teach kids to read, when they cannot fit inside the building?’, rages the intellectually challenged fashion celebrity. His unfortunate misreading of scale is our comic delight.
Something is wrong. The small town idyll by Frank Kunert
It’s not until we take a closer look at his photographs that we recognise their irony and subversive nature. Frank Kunert manipulates scenes whose content appears to be familiar to us, disrupting the typical suburban idyll by minor but effective distortions. He describes the constant theme of his work as ‘our longing for security and our fear of loss and transience.’
Frank Kunert ignores current trends and does without the possibilities offered by digital photography, instead spending weeks and even months creating detailed model settings made of deco boards, plasticine and paint.
Modern but twisted architecture
The volume “Verkehrte Welt / Topsy-Turvy World” recently published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag shows the work of Frank Kunert and won Silver in Germany’s 2009 Photographic Book Awards.
'Topsy-Turvy World' by Frank Kunert
to Frank Kunert´s website