Sunday, February 19, 2017

“Sylvanian Families Biennial 2017” at XYZ collective


Increasing prevalence of the diorama, the miniature, their vessels staging us as onlookers to worlds as sandboxes. A dissonance between our interior worlds that of course we find increasingly virtual and beholden to our godlike control of drag/drop materiality conjuring our desires that the outer world increasingly doesn't reflect, the world steamrolled at the whim of other's control. So our turning to dolls and miniatures and virtuality makes symptomatic sense, fulfilling our need for control over a world we increasingly seem to not have much over makes psychologic sense. The world providing ever further customizable habitats to busy ourselves with while remaining deaf to our desires, a lot like playing with dolls.

See too: Maggie Lee at Real Fine ArtsMathis Altmann at Halle für Kunst LüneburgMax Hooper Schneider at High ArtTris Vonna-Michell at Jan Mot