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Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities

Walter Martin and Paloma Muoz

If you're looking for some art to challenge everything you believed was true, then make sure to drop by the Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York for a show opening tomorrow called Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities. The exhibition features recent work and site-specific installations by contemporary artists around the world like some of the ones you've seen right here including Walter Martin and Paloma Muoz, Alan Wolfson, and Lori Nix among others. The museum's mission? “To explore materials and processes and the ‘meaning of making' – in a new and unexpected format; each work of art in the exhibition reflects the artists' passionate interest in how materials and process convey meaning; these are artists who dedicate tremendous time and effort to achieving extraordinary visions of reality.”

Here's more of the description:
“Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities illuminates the phenomenal renaissance of interest among artists worldwide in constructing small-scale hand built depictions of artificial environments and alternative realities, either as sculpture or as subjects for photography and video. These are worlds of “magic realism” conceived and realized through intense engagement with materials, attention to detail, and concern for meaningful content. In this exhibition, the works are presented as dioramas, models, snow globes, and site specific installations, as well as through photographs and video.”

Sounds like a mind-twisting experience! Below is a small sample of what you can expect.

Alan Wolfson

Canal St. Cross Section

Lori Nix

Violin Repair Shop

Beauty Shop

The exhibition runs from June 7 to September 18, 2011. Make sure to check it out!

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities

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