Ransom & Mitchell’s Wonderfully Gruesome ‘Die Familie’ Exhibit

By Chris Jalufka | 10.10.2013

 

Jason Mitchell and Stacey Ransom are Ransom & Mitchell, a San Francisco based duo creating still & motion based art pieces. Their work is in the actualization of fantasy, turning the imagined into a reality through photography coupled with digital manipulation. Models and locations transformed into a working set of surreal parts.

The work of Ransom & Mitchell has been used in various forms of advertising, but it’s in their fine art pursuits that their technical and creative prowess explodes into detailed fright-scapes.

For their recent project, Ransom & Mitchell have teamed up with the artist collective ZeroFriends for their series ‘Die Familie.’ They’ve covered artists Alex Pardee, Chloe Rice, Quake, Skinner, Robert Bowen, Dave Correia, and Jonathan Wayshak in grease, paint, and gore to create a mythical German family of misfits, monsters, and tyrants.

Each artist’s portrait is a glimpse into both the narrative created by Ransom & Mitchell with hints into the subject’s own work. Bowen, dressed as knight, mechanical, a decapitated deer at his side like a walking version of one of his own paintings.

The end result is a brilliant series of a vivid and haunting portraits.

 

 

'Sir Gruselig von Grab - Memento Mori (Sir Creepy from the Grave - you too will die)' by Ransom & Mitchell

‘Sir Gruselig von Grab – Memento Mori (Sir Creepy from the Grave – you too will die)’ by Ransom & Mitchell

 

'Meister Tier Verstärken (Master Strengthen Animal)' by Ranson & Mitchell

‘Meister Tier Verstärken (Master Strengthen Animal)’ by Ransom & Mitchell

 

'Vetter Verstörend Vertraut mit lieben Freund (Cousin Strangely Familiar with dear friend)' by Ranson & Mitchell

‘Vetter Verstörend Vertraut mit lieben Freund (Cousin Strangely Familiar with dear friend)’ by Ransom & Mitchell

 

'Doktor Schrecken Monstrum und der Kranke (Doctor Horror Monster and the patient)' by Ransom & Mitchell

‘Doktor Schrecken Monstrum und der Kranke (Doctor Horror Monster and the patient)’ by Ransom & Mitchell

 

'Für die Liebe der Seltsamen Zwillinge (For the love of the Strange Twins)' by Ranson & Mitchell

‘Für die Liebe der Seltsamen Zwillinge (For the love of the Strange Twins)’ by Ransom & Mitchell

 

'Bruder Hausmeister und den Göttern von Männern (Brother Caretaker and the gods of men)' by Ransom & Mitchell

‘Bruder Hausmeister und den Göttern von Männern (Brother Caretaker and the gods of men)’ by Ransom & Mitchell

 

The exhibit shows at ZeroFriends gallery in Oakland until November 29th.

Prints from the show are available at the Zero Friends store HERE.

Recommended reading — Hi-Fructose interview with Ransom & Mitchell

 

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On the set of Ransom & Mitchell's 'Die Familie' shoot

On the set of Ransom & Mitchell’s ‘Die Familie’ shoot

 

On the set of Ransom & Mitchell's 'Die Familie' shoot

On the set of Ransom & Mitchell’s ‘Die Familie’ shoot

 

On the set of Ransom & Mitchell's 'Die Familie' shoot

On the set of Ransom & Mitchell’s ‘Die Familie’ shoot

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