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Brief Published: 2 Jan 2012

Erik Madigan Heck: Florals


In conjunction with American art and design publication Nomenus Quarterly, NY-based photographer Erik Madigan Heck showcases Florals, a series of eight images featuring the vivid printed designs of Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Inspired by the late interior paintings of the 19th century French artists Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, Heck blurs the lines between fashion photography and fine art. Combining Katrantzou’s maximalist demi-couture fashion with equally decadent customised interiors, Heck achieves a piercing chromatic effect while recalling the self-portrait paintings of 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Reflecting upon the images, Heck stated “I am trying to flatten the space between photography and illustration, by eliminating photographic elements and painting on different surfaces and colors in post-production, attempting to move closer towards painting itself, in process and form.”

Priced between $2500 and $6500 per issue, Nomenus Quarterly is currently regarded as the most expensive magazine in the world. Erik Madigan Heck serves as editor-in-chief, with previous authors listing the late British painter Lucian Freud and German artist Anselm Kiefer. Current and archive issues are available to view online at Nomenus Quarterly.

Mary Katrantzou