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Bear Insides | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Bear Insides

Kent Rogowski - Bears

Kent Rogowski - Bears

Kent Rogowski has come up with a pretty cool idea – taking images of stuffed bears from the inside out. He’s rational is as follows “Bears, is a series of portraits of the most unusual sort: ordinary teddy bears that have been turned inside out and restuffed. Each animal’s appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process. Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality: their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures. They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.”

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  • demosthenes

    you might enjoy this blog

  • Greg

    I saw these a while ago and it is a nice idea, but they’re just a little bit too creepy – they look like they’re involved in some kind of medical testing, drugged up with spaced-out expressions. The little guy on the right, with the rather nice red scard just looks so sad – I want to adopt him.

  • michael

    interesting observation Greg – i can’t really argue with your assessment but for me i think it’s just kind of cool to see the design as it was never meant to be seen.

  • tanner

    haha… i think that may scare a few kids. but i think it’s a pretty neat idea.