Massimo Colonna (b. 1986) has spent many years working in postproduction and retouching, during which he has developed a passion for renders and abstracted landscapes. Both technical and imaginative, these detailed modes of working have been highly influential in the creation of Colonna’s personal series. Images from Ambiguous, for example, invite the viewer into exotic landscapes filled with surreal objects – statues, ladders and sheets. Similarly, the (Non) gravità series is inspired by the architecture of Luis Barragán and Ricardo Bofill. Each digitally enhanced composition offers a journey into a pastel utopia where inanimate objects become active participants. Balls, balloons, plastic bags and paper planes are transfixed in moments of stillness. The results are both unnerving and visually satisfying – each location has been designed down to the last detail, defying gravity along the way. www.massimocolonna.com.
Michel Gondry adapts French polymath Boris Vian’s fatalistic story of impossible romance; the result makes a refreshingly surreal contrast to conventional cinema.
Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York, Smithsonian, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York opens 29 October at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.