Five new miniature works in bell jars by London-based artist Slinkachu that explores our relationship with prescription drugs. Each scene, titled after a famous love song, shows tiny figures hugging pills such as Zoloft, Ritalin, Sarafem, Venlafaxi, and Tramadol. Slinkachu started making miniature street installations in 2006 while working for an advertising agency and wanted a creative project outside his day job. He had the idea to leave miniature train set figures around London for people to discover, as a way of encouraging interaction with the city.
When I walk away, after I’ve photographed and left them, I am putting my characters in the hands of fate. I am abandoning them. I rarely hang around to see if people discover them – for me that would spoil the magic. I like to think that perhaps the stories continue after I leave. Much like real people that you pass on the street, tiny street art scenes are glimpsed for a second, and then they are gone.On view at Long Beach Museum of Art through October 16.