Alexander Khokhlov January 6 — February 25, 2017

Weird Beauty and 2D or not 2D series


My first experience with face-art was made in 2009 but only in 2012 I came to idea of the whole project -  monochromatic series of portraits which combined graphics, shapes and optical illusions. Weird Beauty series was a mixture of aesthetic beauty photography with recognizable forms and logos. In 2013 I continued the theme of face transformations inspired by color pop-art posters. The result called 2D or not 2D project. The main project goal was to make model faces absolutely “flat” like two-dimensional pictures using only make-up and light. 


Today Weird Beauty and 2D or not 2D are known worldwide. 2D or not 2D series was included in Designcollector’s top-10 of Russian projects in 2013.The images was widely exposed in mass media such as Scientific American Mind (USA), Holland Herald (Netherlands), WeAr Global Magazine (Germany), Kult (Singapore), Talk Magazine (Belgium), Life Magazine (China), 30 degrees (Switzerland), ABFLY (Italy) and many others. Silhouette photography from Weird Beauty was chosen as the main image of 11th Dubai Film Festival in 2014.

Alexander Khokhlov was born in Calcutta, India, on May 9, 1982. He is now based in Moscow and works with his wife Veronica. Alexander started photography in 2008 as a commercial studio photographer. His experiments with beauty portraits and art resulted in the acclaimed series Weird Beauty and 2D or not 2D made in 2012 and 2013.


The art-photography that he creates is always based on people transformation. In Alexander’s works the human identity takes a back seat, and the models are used as canvases for well-known shapes to trick your eyes. Each project is a huge team work, a great game with words, imagination and illusions. Of course, it is also a game with the audience.


In 2015 and 2016 Alexander received several awards: 25th Trierenberg Super Circuit (Gold Medal, Weird Beauty series), One Eyeland Photography Awards (Silver Medal, Shapes and Illusions series), Neutral Density Photography Awards 2015 (Bronze Medal, Shapes and Illusions series), International Photography Awards 2015 (Honorable Mention, Shapes and Illusions series).

All images are 22 x 17" pigment prints in an edition of 10 for $1200 each.

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Alexander Khokhlov
Keyhole, 2012
Alexander Khokhlov
Laces, 2012
Alexander Khokhlov
Mask, 2013
Alexander Khokhlov
Mickey, 2012
Alexander Khokhlov
Triple Face, 2013