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THE STRANGE PORTRAITS OF PHILLIP KREMER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Houston, Texas-based Phillip Kremer won’t reveal much about his process, influence or motivations, but his faceless portraits are some of the scariest creations you’ll find online. With subjects ranging from scientists, astronauts and random children celebrating their birthdays, to political figures and celebrities like Snoop Dogg and “The Situation,” his morphed portraits have drawn a vast and diverse fan base, largely outside the art world and photo communities, and have amassed followers ranging from Katy Perry to Christian youth groups.

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His quick and dirty digital facelifts bring to mind the work of  Charlie White and Asger Carlsen, both in their sense of humor and terror, but with a jagged, on-the fly sensibility that keeps them uniquely current. Since his source material is entirely appropriated from Google image searches, he’s been kicked off of Instagram numerous times (as of this post, his third attempt is still live), but his work lives semi-permanently on his Tumblr Archive.

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