Featured Artist: Suzanne Moxhay
The mixed media work of Suzanne Moxhay is surreal, desolate and beautifully strange. She creates digitally altered photographs of empty landscapes using a mixture of her own photographs, painting, and found images. They transport us into wonderfully scenic dioramas with a sense of both past and future, a kind of David Lynchian natural history museum.
The Photography of Hiroshi Sugimoto
Eclectix recently visited the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and we were enthralled with the huge Hiroshi Sugimoto prints covering a gallery wall. Titled “The Last Supper: Acts of God”, the five-panel photograph more than 24 feet in length, was damaged and eroded with a beautiful decay.
Tom Haney’s little people are articulated doll sculptures which Eclectix happened upon at Red Truck Gallery. Inspirations of folk / Victorian / outsider art – they engaged and enthralled us. Some of the sculpted figures are set in antique theater inspired dioramas and some stand alone. These are works that really need to be appreciated in person, their 3D liveliness beguiles you with charm.
Italian artist Francesco Romoli creates mysterious dioramas out of cardboard, incorporating light and shadow to produce a dramatic cityscape. Each diorama is constructed specifically to be photographed. Like filmmaking, all staging and lighting is done looking through the lens.
Graeme was introduced to the miniature diorama genre by exposure to stop motion animation. These ‘virtual realities’ are built from scratch using trompe l’oeil and other model making techniques and then photographed .
Matthew creates incredible dioramas by hand, meticulous models of scenes which look so real you could dive right in. The tropical fantasy shown above is titled “DIY Paradise” and it is constructed out of cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas. Unbelievable!