Toy Town

July 2011

Constructing another life

Perhaps we all harbour a desire to rebuild our own reality, to rejig the past and create a whole new history, in absolute essence. At least that’s what some 25 artists have done in flamboyant fashion for an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. ‘Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities’ is a fantastical show, in the sense that any figment of reality, as each artist knows it to be, is ignored in favour of something much more splendid. Photos of these handmade miniature settings bridge the abyss and document another story, and who’s to say that one isn’t every bit as true?
Self Portrait, 2007, by Joe Fig, Courtesy of the artist
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