We all played with cardboards when we were kids, but surely not like Ana Serrano! The Los Angeles artist has re-created the City of Angels in (almost) life-sized cardboards in her exhibition "Salon of Beauty," as commissioned by Rice University Art Gallery.
Take a quick look:
Photo: Nash Baker
Still from film by Walley Films
Alissa Walker of FastCo wrote about Serrano's work:
While her pieces are not exact replicas of specific buildings, Serrano's work both celebrates and memorializes these seemingly inconsequential decisions by homeowners and businessowners to say, paint the bars outside their windows hot pink, or build a wall using stacked concrete blocks. Just as Serrano gathered her inspiration by driving through South Los Angeles and photographing her favorite details, she hopes that highlighting these quirky details will allow anyone to see the simple, handcrafted beauty in their own urban environment. "I do hope that people notice these details in a different light than what they are usually perceived as," she says. "But ultimately it's up to the viewer to decide what the impact of the work is going to be for them."
Previously on Neatorama: Cartonlandia, also by Ana Serrano