Urban Miniatures: Over Forty Artists Create a Mini Village of Contemporary Art
In times where street art struggles with its megalomaniac side, desiring to produce bigger, larger than life murals and interventions, it's great to see someone pushing things the other way. Artists Pam Glew and Emily Paxton joined forces (see @paxtonglew) to curate Urban Miniatures, a unique pop-up exhibition focused on a subversive model village entirely "bombed" by well-known artists from the urban contemporary art scene.
Opening in Brighton on November 23, and running through December 22, 2019, Urban Miniatures presents a play of scale rarely seen in the world of street art. Each train, sign and building is hand-painted, culminating in ahypnotic diorama that includes highrises, a church, and even a Tesco store. While offering possibilities of how art can complement and transform the urban environment, this showcase also proposes a different approach to creating interventions in public space.
Some examples include a highrise and train covered in abstract compositions by Remi Rough, Xenz's signature birdies in a miniature graffiti format, Eelus's iconic rain image as a tiny sculpture, or a train car converted into a pool by Tiny Scenic. The Urban Miniatures gallery and shop also offers original artworks, limited edition prints and designer gifts by each contributing artist, available online at paxtonglew.myshopify.com
The full lineup includes Adam Bridgland, Ange Bell, Art+Believe, Ben Allen, Ben Frost, Candice Tripp, Carl Cashman, Chum101, Cosmo Sarson, Dave Buonaguuidi, David Bray, DONK, Frea Buckler, Jerome White, Jo Peel, Maxim, Katrina Russell-Adams, Lois O’Hara, Louis Masai, Mark McClure, Peeta, Pure Evil, Rugman, SheOne, Shuby, Static, Tim Fowler, Tinsel Edwards, Victoria Homewood, Will Barras, Zevs & more. –Sasha Bogojev
The Urban Miniatures Pop-Up opens at 11 Dukes Lane in Brighton on November 23rd and is on view through December 22, 2019. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Photo credit to Emily Paxton