Bernard Pras creates mind blowing pieces of art. He takes ordinary, everyday objects such as clothes, toys, tools, pieces of rubber, or whatever else he can think of and puts them together to create portraits.
These are far from ordinary portraits. Pras works in the sphere of anamorphosis. That's where a distorted projection has to be viewed from a specific vantage point or in a particular way to reconstitute the intended image. "Leonardo's Eye (Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1485) is the earliest known definitive example of perspective anamorphosis in modern times," according to Wikipedia - since I had to look up what anamorphic means.
So when viewed close up Pras' art looks like a pile of junk (that's being kind). However when you look at his work from a particular angle and/or distance, his stunningly beautiful work is revealed.
Pras studied fine arts in Toulouse, France and after painting for 20 years, in 1997 he was "drawn" (pun intended) to this new way of artistic expression. Starting with a drawing, he finds irregular objects, based on their colors, shapes, and textures. He then assembles them, all while observing his work's progress through his camera.
His anamorphic collages are massive and can take up entire rooms. His latest piece is a portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté. Watch the video to see how this incredible portrait comes together. Pras is currently on show at MazelGalerie in Brussels, Belgium and you can see more of his work at http://bernardpras.fr/.