Junk Food Landscapes

Fruit Loops Landscape (2012) by Cirej and Lochman

Junk food has never looked so ... beautiful!

In "Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape," artists and photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman collaborated to capture the beauty of junk food - or as the duo called it, "the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology."

"As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health," wrote Ciurej and Lochman on their website.

The miniature landscapes in "Processed Views" are inspired by the works of 19th century photographer Carleton Watkins, whose photographs captured the majesty of the American West. Watkins' work of Yosemite, for instance, led to the valley's preservation as a National Park. At the same time, however, many of Watkins' photographs were commissioned by the corporate interests of the railroad, mining, lumber and milling companies. Ciurej and Lochman noted that "[Watkins'] commissions served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West."

Ciurej and Lochman's Fruit Loops Landscape (L) Watkins Albion River (1863) (R)

In similar light, Ciurej and Lochman built their junk food landscapes as a commentary on what we can call as today's food-industrial complex.

Regardless of what you think highly processed junk food tastes like, we're sure that Ciurej and Lochman's "Processed Views" are highly enjoyable. Take a look:

Moonrise on Bologna (2014)

Cola Sea from the series Processed Views (2013)

Marshmallow Chasm from the series Processed Views (2013)

Flamin' Hot Monolith (2013)

Monoculture Plains from the series Processed Views (2013)

Saturated Fat Foothills from the series Processed Views (2013)

Deep Fried Bluffs from the series Processed Views (2013)

Blue Dye #1 Precipice (2014)

White Bread Mountains from the series Processed Views (2013)

Ciurej & Lochman Collaborations via Hi-Fructose

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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