Joel Strong: Straight Outta Pawnee
Signed and numbered edition of 150 by Joel Strong
4 color screenprint on Mohawk 110lb cover, 24"x18", 2015
Joel Strong is a satirical photographer living in New York. By using forced perspective photography to place little cutouts of celebrity heads on top of regular people's bodies, Strong has created a playful mashup of Humans of New York meets US Weekly using the monicker @mydaywithleo. Strong's work has appeared in publications worldwide, been shown in galleries in the US and Europe, and earned him a substantial social media following.
For this piece, straight outta pawnee, Strong enlisted his friend and artist, Justin Hager, and others to pose as members of NWA and Amy Poehler. Strong attached the four small cutouts with wire and tape. The photo itself took more than 30 minutes to line up as the models had to inch left and right, tilt shoulders forward or back all while Strong had to keep adjusting the cutouts on the wire and battle the wind near the East River in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.