Tuesday 16 April 2013

Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari

Since kissing goodbye to being an artist in 2011, with a fantastical retrospective at The Guggenheim in New York, Maurizio Cattelan has devoted his time to creating weird, fantastic, sinister and sometimes erotic imagery with his partner-in-crime photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari for their magazine ToiletPaper. Its an amazing and unique publication, funded by various open-minded patrons, which is gradually evolving into a multi-merchandise brand. The madcap creativity of the two together is something to behold, and its worth seeking out the recently published book of ToiletPaper's work to date for an eyeball-searing visual feast. 

For their latest project the Greek collector and philanthropist Dakis Joannou commissioned them to photograph his unparalleled collection of Radical Design furniture in their own unique way. The initial idea was to pay homage to Playboy magazines of the late Sixties and early Seventies, when Hugh Hefner promoted the most ambitious product and architectural designs alongside his pneumatic bunnies. But this being ToiletPaper, they took the idea and made it their own, creating a crazy, sexy world where cake, wigs, pasta and fetish-wear share the billing with the girls and the furniture. Shown here is a preview of just a few images from the series which will be published at the end of 2013. 

And if you want to see even more, a film we made on-set can be found HERE.

All images © ToiletPaper/Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari
Video © James Reid