In Pieces: A Multi-media Collaboration by Nathan Sawaya and Dean West
Constructed scenes combining photography and LEGO sculptures.
The images have been constructed using modern photography techniques, combined with specially sculpted LEGO objects placed within the scenes. The combination not only builds on and accentuates the images' aesthetic, but also compels the viewer to deconstruct each tableau, thereby exposing elements of the construction of cultural identity itself. Isolated individuals stand in recognizable but chillingly empty minimalist scenes with geometrical design, derived from common features of the American landscape. Their averted eyes gaze into nothingness, and a strange feeling of aloofness and displacement reverberates.