Artist Giuseppe Colarusso uses photo manipulation techniques to turn everyday objects into surreal, bizarre artifacts.

"With these images I try to smile and think," says the artist.

Colarusso characterizes the items in his photos as "unlikely, but not impossible."

The 49-year-old artist’s interest in transforming banal objects for the sake of art started early. He took his first photograph in 1985 with a pinhole camera he’d made from a shoebox.

The series shows how modern photo editing can heighten the realist elements of surrealist art.

The Italian word improbabilita translates directly to unlikely in English.

What’s wrong with this picture? The images, subtle, wryly funny revisions to commonplace objects, make you do a double-take.

The pictures inspire questions about the functionality and design of objects that usually blend into the background of our visual worlds.

In his headshot, Colarusso portrays himself with two pairs of eyes, which might explain his trippy perspective on the world around him.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

“Improbabilita” is reminiscent of the original surrealists--think Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage.

Colarusso pays more direct homage to his surrealist influences in another photo series, “Tributes.”

"Tributes" includes photographic renditions of Magritte’s “The Pleasure Principle,” an image of a man with an orb of light for a head, and M.C. Escher’s “Teneken,” featuring a man’s drawing hands emerging from a sheet of paper.

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An Artist's Clever, Surrealistic Takes On Everyday Objects

Orange you glad the fruit has a nozzle? An artist manipulates photos and objects to wryly play with the realist elements of surrealism.

"Unlikely, but not impossible." This is how Swiss-born Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso characterizes the items in his surreal photo manipulations of everyday objects. Titled Improbabilita, the series includes an orange equipped with a faucet nozzle, nuts and bolts served as if a meal on a ceramic plate, and a pair of all-white dice whose spots seem to have escaped and lie scattered on the floor around them. Kitchen and bathroom appliances, in their boring familiarity, are subtly skewed into bizarre, useless artifacts.

The images trigger a what’s-wrong-with-this-picture second look, and the effect is wonderfully disorienting and wryly funny. "With these images I try to smile and think," says the artist. They make you question the functionality and design of objects that usually blend into the background of our visual worlds.

The series shows how modern photo editing can heighten the realist elements of surrealist art. "Improbabilita" is reminiscent of Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or Rene Magritte’s massive egg in a birdcage, and Colarusso pays more direct homage to these surrealist influences in another photo series, "Tributes." These include photographic renditions of Magritte’s "The Pleasure Principle," an image of a man with an orb of light for a head, and M.C. Escher’s "Teneken," featuring a man’s drawing hands emerging from a sheet of paper.

In the headshot on his official website, Colarusso sports two pairs of eyes, which might explain his trippy perspective on the most commonplace of household things.

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