Dioramas by Rick Finkelstein
New dioramas entitled A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes on view at Robert Mann Gallery. The show consists of large photographs of the small models constructed in his studio where the figures appear doing all sorts of activities.
The artist's employment of the solitary figure seen from behind, the lonesome hero, as he contemplates the sublime landscape before him is an art historical trope that emerged in the 19th century paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, and is an element which is central in Finkelstein's work. While these "lonesome heroes" survey the cavernous spaces and sublime natural expanses they are set within, the viewer simultaneously begins to conjure an imagined narrative for these figures who remain adrift in a complicated world. The pictures provide only vague hints of their background stories anchored by these figures who appear in psychological states of trouble.