IMAGINE by Erik JOHANSSON (Max Strom £19.95).
It is always thrilling to discover an artist for the first time. I think you will be as amazed and delighted as I am.
Erik Johansson, the Swedish mixed-media photo-surrealist (born 1985), offers realistic photos of impossible scenes: a digital photomontage of catastrophes, outlandish juxtapositions and distorted perspectives.
Huge scissors cut a house in two; power lines become the strings of an enormous guitar; a woman sows a blanket of snow and a man drags a road behind him; a bicyclist discovers a road ends in a frightening vertical drop; a vase drops but it is the hand which dropped it which fractures; a hand holds an ice-cream but it is the hand which is melting.
The 50 fantastical images, combining different realities seamlessly, are a brilliant achievement.