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Not Your Typical Food Porn | Maet by Per Johansen

By David Valentine on April 16th 2014

maet-11Danish artist Per Johansen’s collection “Maet” (English translation “full”) depicts an assortment of grains, vegetables and meats stuffed into plastic containers. These are not your typical food photos we are all accustomed to seeing on Instagram with the hashtag “foodporn.” This series, “Maet,” is designed to be thought-provoking about abundance and prosperity. Leaving room for interpretation of course, but according to the artist statement,

My methods are heart and brain. In some projects, I intend to influence the viewer emotionally and thus hope it will start up the brain. In other projects, when I want to comment on some matters, I start off with the brain and that way lead the viewer to his heart.

maet-13 maet-9At first it may be a bit disturbing, but permit yourself to truly think about this art. What does it really say about our abundance and our cultures’ food habits? We live in a world of genetically modified food. We engorge ourselves until we can’t force any more food down our esophagus. Interestingly, Per Johansen chose to use plastic containers as the object stuffed with food. Possibly hinting our consumerism and food consumption are directly related.

[REWIND: PORNBURGER. SEXY FOOD PORN THAT WILL MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER]

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As you peruse through the photos, look into what you feel and what you see. What thoughts are evoked? What emotions are sprouted? This was a very interesting piece and I particularly enjoyed its uniqueness. He definitely gives us a new way to look at our food and culture.

Stay full- David

CREDITS: Photographs by Per Johansen are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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David is a business and sales expert who resides close to the beach in Southern California. With a knack for sales and marketing, he has consulted with many organizations ranging from car dealerships, door to door sales, and fitness gyms. When not selling or a running a business, he can be spotted on the beach with his dog, Goliath, any restaurant that will take him far from his trainer approved diet regiments, or Las Vegas.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Yes disturbing.

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  2. Jason Boa

    One word …… Macabre !

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  3. Hanssie

    That is really gross. Except the bacon one. Bacon looks good in any form.

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    • wjp

      To paraphrase Homer Simpson:

      Mmmmmmm bacon.

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