Colossal has seen its fair share of commendable book and paper work the last few weeks, but this was too good to pass up. UK-based artist Kyle Kirkpatrick constructs these wonderfully tiny dioramas using the topographies of carved books. Via the artist:
My practice is primarily concerned with the notion of the imagined landscape. I present man-made objects and natural materials simultaneously to form carefully and meticulously composed installation works. I capitalize on intrigue taking objects out of context reinventing their use, pushing the viewer to see beyond what I present before them, a glass could be interpreted as a lake or a metal bracket a cliff.
I don’t know about you but given the right disposable book (blasphemy!) I’d love to try making something like this. The first image and the vertical stack are photos by the artist, the rest are by Leo Reynolds and you can see even more work over on Saatchi Online. (via i want your lungs to stop working without me)
Diorama viewed through 7.5 in. (19 cm) window. Styrene, acrylic, cast neoprene, hair, paper, ash, talc, starch, polyurethane foam, vinyl film, wood, steel, lighting, BK7 glass.
Diorama viewed through 3 in. (7.6 cm) window. Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass.
Artist Patrick Jacobs creates small dioramas embedded in gallery walls, encased in magnifying lenses with a diameter as small as three inches. The effect is uncanny, focusing the viewers attention on the absolute tiniest of spaces containing lush green fields, cramped apartments, and clumps of small mushrooms. The pieces can take several weeks to complete, though one installation has consumed his spare time for over two years. Jacobs was born in California in 1971, attended the Art Institute of Chicago and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. If you want to learn more head over to Charles and Ford to read a fantastic interview including some great imagery. (via arrested motion)