Broke but Brilliant — The Penniless Photographer

Art History, gilded and dusty in the opinion of many, has often been bent and re-vamped to suit the will of bold, young and quasi-destitute artists anxious to stimulate centuries-long trajectories wrought by revered masters of painting and sculpture. Within the portfolio of Zeren Badar, a Turkish-born and New York City-based photographer, art’s academic bits collide and cohere playfully with knick-knacks of the common man.

The likes of sliced cucumbers, pencil sharpeners, gooey cupcakes, jelly bean-stuffed condoms, neon drinking straws and saccharine cereals dance across and beautifully mar the faces of baroque portraits,  romping nudes, and, as always with art history, a healthy dose of Madonnas and infant Christs. The artist, who has assumed the waggish pseudonym “The Penniless Photographer”, claims to be self-taught and seeking gallery space in which to carry out a début exhibition for these three-dimensional, Dada-ish, amalgamations of readymades.

Below, let your eyes splurge on some of The Penniless Photographer’s most vibrantly winsome images, and stay clued in about newly Tumblr-released snaps here. With such an irreverently fresh aesthetic and a resourcefully Duchampian use of form and pigmentation, perhaps Badar won’t be without a dime for long.

"Pink"—Accident Series  Homage to Damien Hirst

“Pink”—Accident Series,
Homage to Damien Hirst

"Boredom"—Accident Series

“Boredom”— Accident Series

"Target" — Accident Series, Homage to Jasper Johns

“Target” — Accident Series, Homage to Jasper Johns

"1000 Toothpicks"—Accident Series

“1000 Toothpicks”—Accident Series

"Fancy Google Glass"—Accident Series

“Fancy Google Glass”—Accident Series

 

Accident Series

“Accident 1″ — Accident Series

"Safe Sex"—Accident Series“Safe Sex”—Accident Series

"Mondrian is re-colored"—Accident Series

“Mondrian is re-colored”—Accident Series

"Numerology"—Accident Series

“Numerology”—Accident Series

"Stripes" —Accident Series

“Stripes” —Accident Series

"Sugar High"-- Accident Series

“Sugar High”– Accident Series

"Circles"—Accident Series

“Circles”—Accident Series

"Royalty"—Accident Series

“Royalty”—Accident Series

"Before becoming salad"—Accident Series

“Before becoming salad”—Accident Series

"Lost Smile"—Accident Series

“Lost Smile”—Accident Series

"Celebration!!’—Accident Series

“Celebration!!’—Accident Series

"My toy box’—Accident Series

“My toy box’—Accident Series

"Tainted Mary!—Accident Series

“Tainted Mary!—Accident Series

"I will give roses to my Valentine"—Accident Series

“I will give roses to my Valentine”—Accident Series

"Hide & Seek"—Accident Series

“Hide & Seek”—Accident Series

"Burka"—Accident Series

“Burka”—Accident Series

"After Orgasm!"—Accident Series

“After Orgasm!”—Accident Series

"Boxed Emotions"—Accident Series

“Boxed Emotions”—Accident Series

"Tea Time"—Accident Series

“Tea Time”—Accident Series

"Grace"—Accident Series

“Grace”—Accident Series

"Craving"— Accident Series

“Craving”— Accident Series

"Cubistic" --Accident Series, Homage to Picasso

“Cubistic” –Accident Series, Homage to Picasso

"Love is addicting—we want  always more of it…" -- Accident Series

“Love is addicting—we want always more of it…” — Accident Series

"Misplaced Xmas balls, Tee hee hee!"—Accident Series

“Misplaced Xmas balls, Tee hee hee!”—Accident Series

"Packaged"—Accident Series

“Packaged”—Accident Series

"Supermatism 2" —Accident Series

“Supermatism 2″ —Accident Series

"Sea World"—Accident Series

“Sea World”—Accident Series

"Gluttony.."— Accident Series

“Gluttony..”— Accident Series

"Under the influence" —Accident Series

“Under the influence” —Accident Series

"Lady Gaga"—Accident Series

“Lady Gaga”—Accident Series

"Muted’—Accident Series

“Muted’—Accident Series

 

"Tragic end of Girl with the Pearl Earring!"—Accident Series

“Tragic end of Girl with the Pearl Earring!”—Accident Series

"Homage to Lucio Fontana"—Accident Series“Homage to Lucio Fontana”—Accident Series

"A baby named Jesus were born. Merry Xmas" --Accident Series

“A baby named Jesus were born. Merry Xmas” –Accident Series

"Onion breath"——Accident Series

“Onion breath”——Accident Series

"Accumulated…"—Accident Series

“Accumulated…”—Accident Series

"Spiral of Marcel Duchamp"—Accident Series

“Spiral of Marcel Duchamp”—Accident Series

"Stamped"—Accident Series

“Stamped”—Accident Series

"I miss my mother"—Accident Series

“I miss my mother”—Accident Series

"Stripes"—Accident Series

“Stripes”—Accident Series

"Notes to my husband"—Accident Series

“Notes to my husband”—Accident Series

"Breakfast with Van Gogh""- Accident Series

“Breakfast with Van Gogh”"- Accident Series

"Penetrated"— Accident Series

“Penetrated”— Accident Series

"Intoxicated"—Accident series

“Intoxicated”—Accident series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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