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Clever Artist Uses Pasta Maker to Create Duplicate Collages From a Single Photo

Pasta Maker Photo Collage Kensuke Koike

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Avant-garde artist and self-described “alchemist” Kensuke Koike crafts collages with a surrealist twist. Rather than use a simple pair of scissors or a tried-and-true X-acto knife, Koike often creates his pieced-together works with an unconventional tool: a hand-cranked pasta maker. For his latest magic trick, Koike uses the machine to perplexingly produce duplicate copies of a single dog portrait.

So, how does he do it? Koike first inserts the photograph into the mechanical pasta maker, which cuts it into a series of uniform strips. He then sorts every other piece into one of two groupings, culminating in a pair of nearly identical images. Koike repeats the process with these new twin portraits, rotating their orientation as he puts them into the machine. Using the same strategy, Koike rearranges the strips, and—voila! He has turned a single picture into four photographs

In order to showcase the ins-and-outs of his creative collage trick, Koike filmed his artistic process. In addition to serving as a quirky performance art piece, the short video proves that there's “nothing added, nothing removed,” and no hocus pocus involved.

To perform his creative collage trick, Kensuke Koike first puts a photo through a pasta maker.

Pasta Maker Photo Collage Kensuke Koike

He then strategically rearranges the strips.

Pasta Maker Photo Collage Kensuke Koike

This results in two duplicate photo collages of the same picture.

Pasta Maker Photo Collage Kensuke Koike

Koike then repeats the process, inserting the new photographs into the machine.

Pasta Maker Photo Collage Kensuke Koike

Once reorganized…

Pasta Maker Photo Collage Kensuke Koike

He is left with four copies!

Pasta Maker Photo Collage Kensuke Koike

Watch the perplexing performance below.

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h/t: [Laughing Squid]

All images via Kensuke Koike.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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