Dispassionately Digital: Max Guther highlights the absurdities of daily life

Max Guther is a 25-year-old illustrator based in Mainz, Germany who creates digital collages using "photographic material, textures and self-constructed objects". Reconstructing the core components of daily life in a dispassionate and emotionless fashion, his work subtly highlights some of its greatest absurdities.

In the series 'The Goodlife', people strike similar poses whether working in a cubicle, eating at the dinner table or relaxing by the pool. The 'Shape It Baby' postcard series for Manchester School of Arts show body builders strike ridiculous poses in their trunks, seemingly unaware of how inane they look. 'Home', meanwhile, literally deconstructs Guther's childhood home and places it "in a dollhouse which symbolises this certain time of life, where every person should feel safe and comfortable".

Although his work has been widely compared to video game stills, most obviously The Sims, Guther says he's primarily influenced by Bauhaus architects and designers such as Walter Gropius and Herbert Bayer. His work is created using Photoshop and Illustrator, and employs isometric projection, a method for visually representing 3D objects in 2D that's commonly used in technical and engineering drawings.


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