Strange Worlds - Matthew Albanese

Tuesday, June 12, 2012



The following are pictures of dioramas by Matthew Albanese that have been created and photographed to make the scenes as realistic as possible using everyday ordinary things like sugar and spices.

Mars - Paprika, cinnamon, thyme, chili powder, charcoal
Mars - spices again

DIY Paradise
Cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.

Fields, After the Storm
This model is simply made out of faux fur (fields), cotton (clouds) and sifted tile grout (mountains).

How to Breathe Under Water
Diorama made out of walnuts, poured and cast candle wax, wire, glitter, peanut shells, flock, plaster, wire, dyed starfish, compressed moss, jellybeans (anemones), sponges, wax coated seashells, toothpaste, clay, figs, feathers, Q-tips, nonpareils. Underwater effect was created using a shower curtain and lighting. 

Icebreaker
25 pounds of sugar cooked at varying temperatures (hard crack & pulled sugar recipes) It's basically made out of candy. salt, egg whites, corn syrup, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, blue food coloring, India ink & flour. Three days of cooking, and two weeks of building


This one is a mixture of many different materials, tile grout, moss, bottle brushes (pine trees) Actual clippings from ground cover and was built on top of  standard outdoor patio table (water glass).  The sky is canvas painted blue. 

New Life
Diorama made using painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.


Salt Waterfall
Model made out of glass, plexiglass, tile grout, moss, twigs, salt, painted canvas & dry ice. The waterfall was created from a time exposure of falling table salt.

Tornado
Steel wool, cotton, ground parsley and moss

Besides being able to see landscapes in ordinary things, his art includes photography and being able to force our perspective so we see what he wants us to see. He doesn't have a website but you can view more of his work and videos about how he created his work here.

Matthew Albanese says:

My work involves the construction of small-scale meticulously detailed models using various materials and objects to create emotive landscapes. Every aspect from the construction to the lighting of the final model is painstakingly pre-planned using methods which force the viewers perspective when photographed from a specific angle. Using a mixture of photographic techniques such as scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting I am able to drastically alter the appearance of my materials. 

2 comments:

iambriezy said...

I loved this post. I'm amazed at some people's creativity.

Frimmy said...

I think that's what inspires most of these posts. The whole "how did they see THAT image in that medium"?? Where did that idea come from? Why can't I be inspired the same way? I just don't have that ability. I admire it so much, like I admire good writing. I'll read the way someone has used a series of words to clearly and beautifully communicate a thought or idea and just sit back and say "Wow". I'll read it again and again if it hits me that way. Just to admire the beauty of it. I'm weird.