January 1, 2007 9:10 PM   Subscribe

So fucking AWESOME. Thanks, nj, this is the best thing I've seen on Metafilter (other than mjjj's "drawergeeks") in quite some time. Great post!
posted by jonson at 9:24 PM on January 1, 2007

Sweet. I like the Alan Wolfson ones a lot.

I remember seeing--some time ago--a catalog for an exhibition by an artist who did miniature scenes like this, but built them in unusual places (on the side of a car, for example). S/he would then take photos of the sculptures and destroy the sculptures themselves. The resulting photographs were a weird game in perspective, because the miniature scene and the real-life scene were fighting each other in your mind.

Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?
posted by roll truck roll at 9:26 PM on January 1, 2007

Great post. Best of the Web for sure.
posted by hifiparasol at 9:46 PM on January 1, 2007

These are indeed wonderful. Now that's detail in a miniature! For those perhaps momentarily confused by the caption descriptions, note that the artist has made the common Japanese mistake of substituting "L" for "R" : The piece contains no fire! He's referring of course to the f'r'ame: "The total form (f'l'ame and base) is important too." Also his subject, the Ito-ya stationery shop, is still going strong today.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:57 PM on January 1, 2007

Oh, and forgot to mention, I was referring to the link under "t" in "miniatures" from nj's post.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:59 PM on January 1, 2007

Stellar post, nj_subgenius - absolutely charming - thank you! All the links are great, but I particularly loved the work by Chen Fengxian from the link in the second "i".

Somewhat related, I found an artist who seems to be fascinated with tiny things - Cynthia Greig's Life Size gallery has some adorable tiny objects that look like they would fit in these miniature worlds. And if one were to populate these miniature worlds with creatures, then they would have to be from our own specklet's delightful gallery of tiny animals on fingers.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:22 PM on January 1, 2007

Excellent, mjjj, and the little people figures of London could live in these buildings, and us Greig's Life Size objects.
posted by jonson at 10:48 PM on January 1, 2007

omg, the hermit crab and gecko are really amazing. My favorite is Chen Fengxian's pandas.
Followed closely by the Tube Bar, which I passed many times when flying out of the Holland Tunnel on the way home. Back in the days of WTC, anyway.
posted by nj_subgenius at 10:49 PM on January 1, 2007

gum and commuting! Cheeky!
posted by nj_subgenius at 11:01 PM on January 1, 2007

as in clever
posted by nj_subgenius at 11:02 PM on January 1, 2007

Great addition, jonson! This thread gets even better. Is there a word to describe a penchant for the tiny? Microphile? I have a bit of a tiny things fixation so this post is heaven.
posted by madamjujujive at 11:10 PM on January 1, 2007

I love these kind of things!

I'd like to add the Thorne Miniature Rooms and Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle, two of my favorite Chicago museum exhibits.
posted by SisterHavana at 2:50 PM on January 2, 2007

mjjj, are you familiar with Willard Wigan? Amazing stuff!
posted by Specklet at 4:53 PM on January 2, 2007

thank you jonson and madamjujjive. you make me want to post better.
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:34 PM on January 2, 2007

SisterHavana, I have seen the Thorne exhibit - awesome - but the Fairy Castle is new to me. And Specklet, thanks - that truly is awesome stuff indeed. Boggling. I'm thrilled when I can thread a needle, let alone populate the eye with the six wives of Henry the Eighth.

nj_subgenius, you are doing just fine, thanks!
posted by madamjujujive at 7:00 PM on January 2, 2007

Love those amazing miniatures nj_subgenius! How cool they are entire vignettes of places. Something mesmerising about the recreation of places on such a small scale.

To add to your thread: The Microminiatures of Hagop Sandaldjian, of Willard Wigan. Micro art of Andrew Rykovanov and Mykola Syadristy. Fly glasses. Micro paintings by Jin Yin Hua and Valeriy Dvoryanov. Unholy micro sculpture.
posted by nickyskye at 11:33 PM on January 2, 2007

oops Specklet, just saw your Willard Wigan link (by the way everyone I send the link to your beautiful collection of pics of tiny animals oohs and ahhs over them).
posted by nickyskye at 11:39 PM on January 2, 2007

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