'Self Made Worlds'. Exhibition curated by Kim Pace at 'Wimbledon Space', Wimbledon College of Arts, London SW19 3QA: Exhibition of work by artists, designers and film makers, relating to the fascination of the scale model.

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Abstract

Self Made Worlds comprises artists and designers who depict tableaux, artificial environments and alternative realities, constructed either as sculpture, props and models, or as subjects for photography, painting and animated film. The works articulate the tension between inner and outer spheres, and between interiority and exteriority, and are conceived and realised through intense engagement with materials, attention to detail, and the concern for meaningful content. Often by editing down to a microcosm, the final object presented is almost hyperreal in its detail and verisimilitude. This is certainly true of several of the works included, which take on a haunting, yet darkly humorous quality, reminiscent of a dream. This characteristic of the miniature is in part due to the fact that the enormous is so difficult to relate to in an individual way. Small things, by definition, have edges that are finite and known - hence the reason a tiny grain of sand can stand in for the enormity of the universe. Self Made Worlds includes works that invite a sense of wonder in the viewer. The works represented demonstrate making processes that relate to a range of practices such as model and prop making, polychrome carving, set design and museology. The exhibition will present another version of the world in which we live, where the viewer visually enters an imaginary space - places from everyday life that merge with dream spaces, creating new hybrid worlds, imaginary tableaux derived from memory and fantasy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWimbledon College of Arts, London
PublisherWimbledon Space Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2013
EventSelf Made Worlds - Wimbledon College of Arts, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Oct 201322 Nov 2013
https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/wimbledon-college-of-arts/whats-on-at-wimbledon/wimbledon-space/past-exhibitions/self-made-worlds

Bibliographical note

Three of Stevens's were included in this exhibition: one painting from the 'Somewhere Else' series and two DVD animations from the 'Cafe Delight' series

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