"Industrial Revolution Nightmare Dream House"
August 8, 2012 12:29 PM   Subscribe

The industrial aesthetics of these is absolutely gorgeous. Looks like something created by a architect gone mad. Would like to buy replicas of these - possible?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:37 PM on August 8, 2012

Very nice. I love a good, vaguely upsetting, diorama.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:52 PM on August 8, 2012 [2 favorites]

His skill with making all the machinery and fixtures look ancient and jury rigged and caked with decades of grime is pretty insane. I almost wonder if his technique is actually just to build the stuff in new condition and leave it in the back of a cement factory for 30 years.
posted by SharkParty at 12:59 PM on August 8, 2012 [2 favorites]

These are great, thanks.

I love the dreaminess of dolls' houses, and the strange world of childhood is very vivid in some of these. And the rusting submarine in the basement is an image Freud might have liked.
posted by colie at 1:07 PM on August 8, 2012

The juxtaposition of books and furnaces everywhere is bugging me for reasons I cannot explain.
posted by koucha at 1:07 PM on August 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

I really like these, but why creepy? Is everything besides kittens and balloons creepy these days?
posted by bongo_x at 1:08 PM on August 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Well some of them have some weird body horror stuff happening...
posted by SharkParty at 1:10 PM on August 8, 2012

oh and almost all of the rest of them paint some kind narrative of a workaday industry devoted to giant mechanical digestive systems.
posted by SharkParty at 1:12 PM on August 8, 2012

Well some of them have some weird body horror stuff happening...

Ah, missed those. Nevermind.
posted by bongo_x at 1:15 PM on August 8, 2012

Cool—these remind me of Charles Matton’s Boites.
posted by misteraitch at 1:21 PM on August 8, 2012

I'm a huge fan of collage boxes. I like crappy one that have a pair or glasses, gloves, and a medal with newspaper articles, or whatever people thought needed to go together. I often read books on making these and have seen many Joseph Cornell boxes many times. No idea why, but I just love this stuff.

I visited a architecture salvage place and bought old wooden floor boards, crazy antique hinges and clasps took a wood working class. I built a handful of boxes and had fun with it, but in the end time and money and lack of equipment kept me from doing too many.

One thing I can say for sure is these are cool. I love what this guy is doing.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:30 PM on August 8, 2012

What is up with the stack of suitcases? (And also what is in that big net in the linked image?)
posted by brina at 1:55 PM on August 8, 2012

It's all very reminiscent of Anselm Kiefer's work. They both have a sense of foreboding and refer to a 20th century kind of horror specifically but manage to retain a certain desolate beauty. I quite like this.
posted by sendai sleep master at 1:56 PM on August 8, 2012

I love the way these tell a kind of story as you explore them. I mean, what is with that stack of suit cases? There's something akin but not entirely like comic book paneling going on here, where each room and it's relationship to the others gives you part of a mystery, and your eyes are drawn along, I think very deliberately, from spot to spot.

Also, does it seem that the general theme of these that libraries are run by mad scientists?
posted by es_de_bah at 2:05 PM on August 8, 2012

What is up with the stack of suitcases?

Whilst I won't pretend to be able to decipher the true intentions of the artist, the work is called Le Grand D├ępart, which roughly translates as The Great Departure and is the term given by the French to the start of August when traditionally most of the country goes on holiday. Hence the suitcases, I would guess. Fucked if I know what the net is all about though.
posted by jontyjago at 2:19 PM on August 8, 2012

Images are straight out of Too Loud A Solitude by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal.
posted by stbalbach at 4:03 PM on August 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Maybe Barbie let her place go because work on the rec room in the basement got more than a little out of hand....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 4:38 PM on August 8, 2012

Grinding up books and force-feeding the debris directly into disembodied brains. Very twisted.

I like it, in a disturbed kind of way.
posted by Goofyy at 3:08 AM on August 9, 2012

wonderful! I can see Ill be spending alot of time exploring over there.
posted by Abinadab at 4:48 AM on August 9, 2012

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