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nathan sawaya's hyper realistic LEGO sculptures photographed by dean west
apr 04, 2013
nathan sawaya's hyper realistic LEGO sculptures photographed by dean west


in pieces: hyper-realistic lego sculptures by nathan sawaya + dean west
‘pool’ – in pieces, 2012
chromogenic print on kodak endura, 43.0 x 65.3 inches
edition of 7
image © dean west

 

 

nathan sawaya + dean west
avant gallery, new york city
february 28th to april 17th, 2013

 

 

developed as a multimedia collaboration between new york-based sculptor nathan sawaya and australian photographer dean west, ‘in pieces’ is a series of illustrated compositions based on ideas about nature, culture, society and identity. the images have been constructed using modern photography techniques, combined with specially sculpted LEGO objects placed within the scenes. the combination accentuates the scenario aesthetic, compelling the viewer to deconstruct each tableau – exposing elements of the architecture of cultural identity within itself.

 

the images depict various individuals standing in empty minimalist scenes with geometrical designs, drawing reference from common features of american landscapes. influenced by the visual compositions of the american postcard in both the style and content – the series has been color graded with pastels such as warm yellows and pale blues. brick by brick, the layer-by-layer approach represents the direct processes involved with digital photography – contrasting pixelation and technology.

 

 

flip flops – in pieces, 2012
plastic bricks, 4.0 x 14.0 x 10.0 inches
edition of 7
image courtesy inpiecesgallery

towel – in pieces, 2012
plastic bricks, 32.0 x 17.0 x 10.0 inches
edition of 7
image courtesy inpiecescollection

‘dress’ – in pieces, 2012
chromogenic print on kodak endura, 43.0 x 59.5 inches
edition of 7
image © dean west 

dress – in pieces, 2012
plastic bricks, 54.0 x 34.0 x 44.0 inches
edition of 1
image courtesy inpiecescollection

 


‘behind LEGO’ directed by adam beck
video courtesy dean west

 

 

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