Art History, gilded and dusty in the opinion of many, has often been bent and re-vamped to suit the will of bold, young and quasi-destitute artists anxious to stimulate centuries-long trajectories wrought by revered masters of painting and sculpture. Within the portfolio of Zeren Badar, a Turkish-born and New York City-based photographer, art’s academic bits collide and cohere playfully with knick-knacks and mementos of the common man.
In Bader’s Accident series, the likes of sliced cucumbers, gummy bears, Christmas ornaments, gooey cupcakes, jelly bean-stuffed condoms, neon drinking straws,  raw eggs and saccharine cereals dance across and beautifully mar the faces of baroque portraits, romping nudes, and, as always with art history, a healthy dose of Madonnas and infant Christs. The artist, who has assumed the waggish pseudonym “the Penniless Photographer”, claims to be self-taught and  always seeking wacky, but utilitarian, inspiration for these three-dimensional, surreal amalgamations of readymades.
Allow your eyes to splurge on some of the Penniless Photographer’s vibrant, winsome images, and stay clued in about newly Tumblr-released snaps here. With such an irreverently fresh aesthetic and a resourcefully Duchampian use of form and pigmentation, perhaps Badar won’t be without a dime much longer.
Emily Catrice

Piling UP!, Accident series

Piling UP!, Accident series


 
Mondrian is Re-colored, Accident series

Mondrian is Re-colored, Accident series


 
Target, Homage to Jasper Johns, Accident series

Target, Homage to Jasper Johns, Accident series


 
Fancy Google Glass, Accident Series

Fancy Google Glass, Accident Series


 
Stripes, Accident series

Stripes, Accident series


 
Safe Sex, Accident series

Safe Sex, Accident series


 
Tainted Mary!, Accident series

Tainted Mary!, Accident series


 
Before Becoming Salad, Accident Series

Before Becoming Salad, Accident Series


 
Sea World, Accident series

Sea World, Accident series


 
Love is Addicting--We Always Want More of It, Accident series

Love is Addicting–We Always Want More of It, Accident series


 
Intoxicated, Accident series

Intoxicated, Accident series


 
Pink, Homage to Damien Hurst, Accident series

Pink, Homage to Damien Hurst, Accident series


 
A Baby Named Jesus Were Born, Merry Xmas, Accident Series

A Baby Named Jesus Were Born, Merry Xmas, Accident Series


 
Packaged, Accident series

Packaged, Accident series


 
Hide & Seek, Accident series

Hide & Seek, Accident series


 
I Will Give Roses to My Valentine, Accident series

I Will Give Roses to My Valentine, Accident series


 
Onion Breath, Accident series

Onion Breath, Accident series


 
Burma, Accident series

Burka, Accident series


 
Boxed Emotions, Accident series

Boxed Emotions, Accident series


 
Celebration!!, Accident series

Celebration!!, Accident series


 
Accident 1, Accident series

Accident 1, Accident series


 
Stamped, Accident series

Stamped, Accident series


My Toy Box, Accident series

My Toy Box, Accident series


Organic Red Dots, Accident series

Organic Red Dots, Accident series


 

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