Friday, December 09, 2016

These Artists Are Tackling Big Issues through Tiny Works of Art

Yesterday I linked you to a very cool article by Artsy's Alexxa Gotthardt on the Statue of Liberty's Brooklyn twin. Today I want to discuss another of Ms. Gotthardt's pieces, this one on the subject of artists working on small scales.
Santiago is one of a number of contemporary artists working on a very, very small scale. The choice may seem at odds with an art world that, in the past 20-odd years, has seen both the size and price of contemporary art balloon to epic proportions (Jeff Koons’s towering balloon dog and Carsten Höller’s suspended sculptural slide come to mind). But these creatives find they can communicate more effectively by tapping into the age-old allure of small, sometimes downright microscopic forms, which bear a shock value all their own.
I can think of at least a dozen DMV area artists who have been working on a small scale, some for at least a couple of decades, most notably Bridget Sue Lambert, whose work show a familial relationship to the work of the Laurie Simmons mentioned in the article. Also the work of Zofie Lang's narrative assemblages.

And, of course, at every Artomatic there are always at least 20-30 new Peeps Dioramas!

Read Gotthardt's article here.