Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities illuminates the phenomenal renaissance of interest among artists worldwide in constructing small-scale hand built depictions of artificial environments and alternative realities, either as sculpture or as subjects for photography and video. These are worlds of “magic realism” conceived and realized through intense engagement with materials, attention to detail, and concern for meaningful content. In this exhibition, the works are presented as dioramas, models, snow globes, and site specific installations, as well as through photographs and video.
A collection of dioramas and snow globes better than the ones in my second grade classroom? Yes, please. Featured artists include Matthew Abanese, Amy Bennett, Oliver Boberg, James Casebere, Bethany de Forest, Peter Feigenbaum, Joe Fig, Patrick Jacobs, Frank Kunert, Guy Laramee, Didier Massard, Charles Matton, Lori Nix, Junebum Park, Jonah Samson, Michael Paul Smith, Paolo Ventura, Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz, among many others.
|Three snow globes by Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz|
The Museum of Arts & Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-6pm; Thursday from 11am to 9pm
General admission $15; Students/Seniors $12