You might remember the work of miniaturist Randy Hage from my original interview with him, followed by my posts on his versions of Ideal Hosiery, Mars Bar, and a bodega.
Now, Randy has done it again--with three new pieces in which he shrinks New York City to 1/12th of its actual size.
One sculpture features the still extant Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery (yes, the real sign is spelled without the "C"). Click here to see the real thing next to the model.
The second piece is of Zig Zag Records, vanished from Avenue U in Brooklyn. The third new piece is of Ray's Grocery on Flatbush in Brooklyn, shown in the flyer below. See close-ups and more of Randy's amazing work on his Flickr page.
Randy has a new solo show of his artwork going up this fall in Los Angeles. A charity event, 100% of the sales will be donated to the Rachel Ann Hage Neuro-Oncology Research Fund, benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles, in honor of Randy's daughter who passed away in 2000 from a brain tumor at the age of 4.
Randy writes: "In 1998, I had started photographing New York City, and was about to start working on some New York inspired projects. This was shortly before our daughter became ill. For a few years following her passing, I put my project on hold, but continued to make trips to New York to photograph storefronts. I was strangely drawn to them, and was becoming ever aware of their rapid disappearance.
My wife told me that she thought my attachment to the loss of the New York storefronts was somehow birthed from emotions surrounding the loss of our daughter. They say that time heals all wounds. That's BS. The passing of time did, however, allow me to begin to focus on my passions again. And the work was healing for me."
The show is called "Fleeting Moments." It will be at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, California, from October 5 until November 15. You can purchase Randy's work by contacting the gallery at 626-795-1895.
If you would like to make a donation to the hospital fund, please send a check to:
The Rachel Ann Hage Neuro-Oncology Fund
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027