Spectacles On! Inside the World of Tiny Art

Three American artists show off their incredible miniature worlds in London

The trend for making tiny art – miniature hand-built artificial environments – finds a home this month in London’s Roncini gallery where three New York based artists show their small-scale but ambitious wonders.

Adrien Broom’s Frames of Mind is a series of photographs that play with reality and fantasy. Shots like Horizon Lines look like authentic real life American road landscapes but are artifical, miniature creations. The tiny art is easier to detect elsewhere – as in the miniature-peopled world of Direction or All That You See – but are no less impressive for that. 

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Thomas Doyle carefully constructs small scenes of American householder nightmares as houses fall into sinkholes, teeter on the brink of cliff edges or are ripped from their roots. A comment on the global financial crisis, the Lilliputian worlds is encased within glass domes and offer up an apocalyptic vision that might put you off that mortgage. 

You have to peer through glass portholes for a peep at Patrick Jacob’s hyper real environments. The artist uses materials like plastic, paper, acrylic gel and metal to create three-dimensional landscapes. These are then given a surreal spin by the view through the fisheye lens, which gives the pieces an Alice in Wonderland sense of escape. 

Dream No Small Dreams 
The Miniature Worlds of Adrien Broom, Thomas Doyle & Patrick Jacobs 6 September – 5 October 2013 at Roncini Gallery