Dream No Small Dreams

Proving that small can be both beautiful and eerie; London’s Ronchini Gallery opens a show of contemporary miniatures this week, presenting tiny little alternative realities.

Adrien Broom, Centered, 2011

Source: Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery

Adrien Broom, Centered, 2011

The work of three New York based artists  – Adrien Broom, Thomas Doyle and Patrick Jacobs – will be on show, aiming to highlight a renewed interest in constructing small, hand-built worlds, according to the gallery.

Adrien Broom, Left Over Things, 2010

Source: Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery

Adrien Broom, Left Over Things, 2010

The little landscapes are presented as dioramas, models, sculptures, and photographs, inspired by the 18th century concept of the Sublime, the mid-19th century American art movement of landscape painters, the Hudson River School and American Transcendentalism.

Thomas Doyle, Mire, 2013

Source: Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery

Thomas Doyle, Mire, 2013

Adrien Broom will be exhibiting his Frames of Mind series of photographs of miniature sets. According to the gallery, these fictional landscapes explore themes of childhood, loss and the anxiety of modern life.

Thomas Doyle, Beset (detail), 2013

Source: Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery

Thomas Doyle, Beset (detail), 2013

Elsewhere, Thomas Doyle’s glass domes contain less idyllic scenes, focusing instead on chaos and destruction, with small figures making their way through an apocalyptic wasteland.

Thomas Doyle installation image from Palazzo Strozzi, 2012

Source: Courtesy the artist and Palazzo Strozzi

Thomas Doyle installation image from Palazzo Strozzi, 2012

The work by Patrick Jacobs is only visible through glass portholes, embedded into the gallery walls. The three-dimensional dioramas are illuminated from within, aiming to create ‘an attractive alternate reality that always remains eerily out of reach’, says the gallery.

Patrick Jacobs, Stump with Red Banded Brackets #2, 2012

Source: Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery

Patrick Jacobs, Stump with Red Banded Brackets #2, 2012

Dream No Small Dreams
The Miniature Worlds of Adrien Broom, Thomas Doyle & Patrick Jacobs runs from 6 September – 5 October at Ronchini Gallery, 22 Dering Street, London, W1S

Patrick Jacobs, Stump with Curly Dock and Wild Carrot Weed, 2013
Patrick Jacobs, Stump with Curly Dock and Wild Carrot Weed, 2013

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