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Firstly, a Happy New Year to one and all! We hope you have enjoyed the holidays and are now raring to go in 2014. MB&F is, as usual, a hive of activity – we have a number of exciting projects and creations that we can’t wait to unleash on you this year!


Currently at the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva, we are delighted to present a series of prints by Fabian Oefner, taken from the Swiss artist’s Disintegrating and Hatch series.

The two series both feature cars and fool the observer into seeing the images as computer-generated renderings rather than the real photographs that they are.
Disintegrating comprises mind-boggling exploded views of classic sports cars: An eye-wateringly beautiful Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé with gullwing doors; an iconic sleek, black Jaguar E-Type; and a curvaceously sensual Ferrari 330 P4.


Fabian created these images by painstakingly deconstructing intricate scale-models of the three vintage roadsters, then photographing each component, piece by piece, in a specific position to create the illusion of an exploding automobile.


Each car contains over a thousand components, so each image required thousands of photos that were then blended together in post-production to create one single image.
Hatch explores the theme ‘the birth of a car’. Inspired by a picture of a hatching chick. Fabian wanted to show a manufactured object being born, just like a living creature and this Ferrari 250 GTO breaking out of its shell creates a witty, high-octane take on the beginning of life.


To make this image, Fabian first made a latex mould from the model car, which was then filled with a thin layer of gypsum to create the shell. He then smashed the shell onto the car to create the illusion of the vehicle breaking out.


To take the photos at the precise moments in time, Fabian connected a microphone to his camera and flashes, so that every time the shell hit the surface of the car, the sound was picked up by the microphone, triggering the flashes and the camera shutter.


Fabian’s artwork is not all car-inspired. Far from it. In fact, he has carved out a reputation for imaginatively fusing the fields of art and science to create images appealing to both the viewer’s heart and mind.

He captures in original and eye-catching ways the natural phenomena permeating our daily lives, like sound waves, centripetal forces, iridescence, fire and even magnetic ferrofluids.
For his Dancing Colours series, Fabian shot crystals of colour rising in reaction to a amplifier's soundwaves.


By placing pigments on a speaker and then playing music through it, the membrane of the speaker starts to vibrate and the coloured pigments leap spectacularly into action.

You discover in more detail how he did it by visiting: http://500px.com/FabianOefner/stories/22260/making-of-dancing-colors.



Fabian’s Black Hole series consists of colour-crazy photos of paint modelled by centripetal forces.


Various shades of acrylic paint were dripped onto a metallic rod connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint started to move away from the rod. The images were taken only a millisecond after the drill was turned on.



You can see how Fabian created the Black Hole series in the video below:


Blossom shows feathery, cotton candy-like puffs made by bursting balloons filled with corn starch.


After the balloon bursts, the starch temporarily keeps the shape of the balloon, forming these blossom-like structures, before collapsing.


As its name suggests, Fabian’s Irident series showcases ‘iridescence’, the property of certain surfaces – in this case bursting soap bubbles – appearing to change colour as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes.



The word iridescence is derived in part from the Greek word

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