Men and Women Shrink-wrapped as Japanese ArtBrian Ashcraft1/25/12 4:00amFiled to: Culture smashArtJapanTop441EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGames and game hardware came packaged. They're sealed shut, some of them completely shrink-wrapped. and covered in clear plastic. They are sealed off from the outside world.AdvertisementBut what about people? What would we look like shrink-wrapped? We'd look like this. Japanese artist Hal's "Flesh Love" doesn't simply examine that, but goes one step further and looks at couples joined in an airless environment. They're shrink-wrapped, but what's on display is how they come together and form a whole. Couples, like machines, are an assembly of various parts working together in concert. Like machines they can malfunction and come to pieces.AdvertisementThe models are folks Hal meets in Tokyo's Shinjuku—from musicians to strippers, from businessmen to bartenders. When he sees a couple of interest, he asks them to pose for his photos. What makes his photos unusual, and even beautiful, is how the subjects are "shrink-wrapped" by being placed in a vacuum bed.In a vacuum bed, all the air is sucked out, and the person, left immobile, can usually only breath through a small hole. This sort of thing is viewable in edgy adult movies (such as this Haruhi Suzumiya dirty movie parody). Make no mistake, this is dangerous.