June 30, 2011 4:47 pm

Beauty and absurdity…at points there is very little daylight between the two. The former ultimately meets the latter by way of excess and superfluity. It is precisely this threshold that Dutch director/artist duo Lernert & Sander explore in a new conceptual art piece for video titled “Natural Beauty.”  The piece is quite simple; it involves layering 365 consecutive applications of Ellis Faas Cosmetics over the face of Ford’s Hannelore Knuts. Filmed in collaboration with makeup artist Ferry van der Nat and his assistant Vanessa Chan over the course of nine straight hours Hannelore is taken through a series of looks that range from the natural to the beautiful to the utterly garish. No stranger to art let alone farce, Hannelore Knuts couldn’t make a more fitting accomplice for navigating the boundaries between beauty and absurdity.

Please visit Nowness to see the entire “Natural Beauty” video by Lernert & Sander featuring Hannelore Knuts.

Credits include: Publication, Nowness 29 June 2011; Title, “Natural Beauty”; Direction, Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug; Makeup, Ferry van der Nat at Unit C.M.A. using Ellis Faas Cosmetics; Makeup assistance, Vanessa Chan at House of Orange; Direction of photography, Ram van Meel at Umsjatka; Editing, Mathijs Kok; Music, All Shall Be Well; Set dressing, Hadewieg, Egbert Steenwinkel; Set dressing assistance, Derek van Egmond; Production, Jennifer Byrne at Blinkart; Post production, Condor Brussel.

Slide Show

  • Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty
    Photography: Lernert & Sander
  • Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty
    Photography: Lernert & Sander
  • Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty
    Photography: Lernert & Sander
  • Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty
    Photography: Lernert & Sander
  • Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty
    Photography: Lernert & Sander
  • Hannelore Knuts | Natural Beauty
    Photography: Lernert & Sander
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One thought on “Hannelore Knuts | “Natural Beauty” by Lernert & Sander

  1. This was painfully difficult to watch (but still recommended), especially at the 2/3 mark, and the melancholy soundtrack didn’t help. However, the commentary on the Lernert & Sander site provides some good comic relief. Best line? “We tested a 100-layer session a few days before on our intern, who is a man. We wanted to make sure that this amount of makeup wouldn’t kill a person. It didn’t kill our intern so we trusted everything would be fine on Hannelore.” Phew! (wipes sweat off brow)….oh interns…

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