nathan sawaya's hyper realistic LEGO sculptures photographed by dean west
nathan sawaya's hyper realistic LEGO sculptures photographed by dean west 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 7image © dean west



nathan sawaya + dean westavant gallery, new york cityfebruary 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 7image courtesy inpiecesgallery

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

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

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


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



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