Library, 2007, Lori Nix
Blown away by Lori Nix's dioramas (via Craft and a number of other sources). Her show at ClampArt Gallery lamentably closed on December 18, but if you're in Chicago, you can catch it at the Catherine Edelman Gallery (it runs through February 26). On "The City," her latest series (of which Library, above, is a part):
In my newest body of work ... I have imagined a city of our future, where something either natural, or as the result of mankind, has emptied the city of its human inhabitants. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats and bars no longer function. The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man's encroachment. I am afraid of what the future holds if we do not change our ways regarding the climate, but at the same time I am fascinated by what a changing world can bring.