David DiMichele’s Monumental Art Installation Dioramas

Los Angeles based artist David DiMichele creates the fantastic. His environments follow contemporary trend to construct the monumental, to surround the viewer with visual stimulus. His work however is assembled, not in the cavernous halls and galleries of museums and art centers, but on a table in his studio.

DiMichele builds his environments as finely detailed dioramas and then he photographs them. His “pseudodocumentary” photographs comment on the way we see and experience the monumental art that it pays homage to. Not often can the public experience the physical sense of an enormous installation. Most commonly, we see the work through a reproduction or website. Working in this manner, DiMichele can take the “installation shot” much further. Controlling light, angle and composition. And heighten the experience.











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  • Unimpressed

    At first glance, this guys rocks! But then as you read you find that all these rocking exhibits are false – done with photoshop; they do not exist. Now, from his comfortable seat at his table without spending a dime, he has taken credit for any real piece created in the likes of these. So no one can actually experience these monumental shows or there would be copyright in fringement for any artist who wanted to do this is in real time. To DiMichele, get up, get some larger teabags and make the work in real time, in real space. Stop stealing ideas before they are even thought up. The people should be able to experience this stuff and you’ve cut them out as well.

  • I think you’re missing the point Unimpressed. I don’t think the artist is trying to “trick” us into thinking that they are real installations or doing so because he is lazy.

  • lara

    These works are based upon a notion regarding how artwork, particularly installation art is documented. They are about a kind of fantasy situation, where anything is possible. They are not about fooling people. And they are by no means easy to do, each work requires building an extensive set, photographing in large format and printing up to 8 feet. They enable the viewer to experience an installation through a large-scale photograph – an installation that would be virtually impossible to create in actual scale for practiality and insurance issues.