Opening: Sat, May 3, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Exhibition: May 3 - June 6, 2014
Blake Aaseby, Ellen Jewett, Emiko Woods, Erika Sanada, J. David Carlson, Jaesun Kim, Jessica Dalva, Kowoon Jung, Leah Chun, Lilstickyrice, Matthew J. Levin, Miss Mindy, Nathan Huff, Poppy Lawman, Randy Hage, Sean Chao, Simon Kangiser, Sinae Park, Tory Lin, Vic Deleon, Zoe Williams
On Saturday, May 3rd, Flower Pepper Gallery is pleased to present MINUSCULE, a group exhibition surrounding the obsession of the minuscule.
As Human beings we are diverse by nature, However, no matter who we are or where we come from, due to our species size, our interest in the minuscule is adherent. Scientists explain our obsession with the miniature as a remnant of our desire for perennial childhood. Additionally, our psychoactive fascination with the tiny, which is often perceived as vulnerable, is coincidentally founded in our human-esque caretaker characteristic.
The miniature encapsulates our world into an entity that can be totally and completely contained, to be dealt with as if one were an omnipotent deity. This curiosity in the diminutive lends itself to the close observation of microcosm dwellings, of arthropods, and of other botanic wonderments. The minuscule shrinks our universe presenting onlookers with an alternate to the super-sized world that we inhabit in a show of exquisite optical deliciousness.
Creating works within such a tiny scale comes with its fair share of delights and challenges, featured artist Vic Deleon shares some of his own inspiration and tenacity that went into creating his current series of microscopic Wes Anderson Tableaux:"Creating microscopic-scale art gives me migraines but I don't let that stop me. Watching the smiles these pieces bring to people's faces makes me feel all better. I love giving viewers a tiny artificial world to explore for themselves very much like a miniature stage play frozen in time. The films of Wes Anderson presented a colorful and fantastical theme that rendered itself well to the typically eccentric nature of my miniature sculptures. The director has used miniatures in several of his films including The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, and most recently in The Grand Budapest Hotel. He professes to enjoying the ‘old-fashioned artificiality and charm’ of miniatures and I tend to agree with him wholeheartedly." - VIC DELEON
Male or female, the obsession of the minuscule is shared, featured artist Jessica Dalva imparts with us some of the joys and challenges of her own process in creating her characteristic figurative works in such a contrasting scale to that of our own:
“As far as working at this scale, it was very challenging because although I generally work pretty small, I had to simplify forms that usually get much more detail, like the fingers and eyelids of the figures. But it was lots of fun to play with the scale by using the tiny fly, moth and carpenter bee that I had collected as pets for the figures. Also I wouldn't have realized what a lovely shade of green a regular housefly could be until I was looking at it up close!” - JESSICA DALVA
Each artist participating in MINUSCULE has been carefully selected for their work in relation to the minuscule, whether for their ability to make works of minuscule makings, marks, or subject matter. Please join us on May 3rd, 2014 at Flower Pepper Gallery for a microscopic view of our everyday world. The reception is open to the public and on view until June 6th, 2014. For purchase inquiries, or to request a VIP preview please email email@example.com
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