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Photographer Carl Kleiner pays tribute to Alexander Calder in food

October 21, 2011 |  3:00 pm

Carl Kleiner Calder 600

Last year Ikea released the Swedish baking book "Hembakat är Bäst" ("Homemade Is Best") and thanks to the work of Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner (with the help of stylist Evelina Bratell), the book was an instant hit. Instead of presenting recipes alongside photos of what would be the end result, i.e. a cake, Kleiner took an unusual and visually captivating approach with graphic still-life portraits of ingredients. Inspired by high fashion and Japanese minimalism, the 140-page book presents deconstructed ingredients laid out in geometric patterns (see below right). Ikea final final

Last summer Kleiner exhibited more of his food photography, this time playful food sculpture creations, including the Cafe M - Beirut and Macho series at Le Bon Marché in Paris.

Next up, one of his many ongoing projects is a series of mobiles -- using foods such as sausage, cheese, onions and corn -- that pays homage to American sculptor Alexander Calder. Kleiner's tribute to Calder will be a continuation of a series of the minimalism paraphrases Kleiner did last year. Above are the latest sketches for the project.


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Top image: Alexander Calder project sketches from Carl Kleiner's sketchbook. Credit: Carl Kleiner

Lower images: From Ikea's "Hembakat är Bäst." Credit: Carl Kleiner