For some time now, art galleries, museums as well artists’ studios have been offering us various types of models and projects that materialize as small-scale forms or “prototypes”—miniature works with a seemingly limited, barely visible field of action. This issue focus on the miniature in contemporary art—minute works, models or modelling. The essays' respective authors propose different expansive readings of these minute constructions, making use of such categories as the playful, the deceptive, and the simulacral.
Jordi Colomer, Nicolas Moulin, Wilfrid Almendra: Three Miniaturizations of Modernist Architecture
Small Renderings Lack No Breadth of Vision:
The Art of Simulacra in Daniel Corbeil
Dreamy Wanderings through Heterotopias
The Photography of Alain Laframboise:
Art History’s Wunderkammer
Photographs That Fit in the Hand: Yamamoto Masao
Behind The Scenes:
Performances of Vida Simon
As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.