If you’re near Pasadena, California, stop by the Flower Pepper Gallery and see Facade, the new exhibition featuring the work of visual artist Randy Hage. For decades now, Hage has been fascinated by the beauty of aging structures in New York City. This led him, beginning in the late 1990s, to start photographing aging storefronts in the city, “with their hand painted signs, layers of architecture, wonderful patinas and intriguing history.” Later, he decided to preserve their memory in miniaturized, hyper-realistic sculptures (like the ones now on display in Pasadena through November 18th). In the video above, see just how perfectly Hage manages to recreate New York storefronts in miniature. Here’s another famous-but-now-defunct facade you might recognize:
Miniature sculpture of CBGB. Real structure was located at 315 Bowery, LES, NYC. Shown lighted. Piece measures 19″ x 17″ x 7″. Follow me on FB for event info. If you have friends who might be interested in seeing my work, please pass this on. Many thanks! #cbgb #omfug #bowery #scalemodel #Randyhage #disappearingNY #façade #flowerpeppergallery #graffiti #graffitinyc #miniature #miniatureart #nyc #newyork #nycdecay #nycstorefront #nycstorefronts #newyorkstorefront #newyorkinspiredart #oldNYC #storefront #vintagenewyork
To take a closer look at his work, visit Hage’s Instagram page where you will see mini sculptures of fading New York institutions like Katz’s Deli, CBGB, McSorley’s Old Ale House, Vesuvio Bakery, and more.
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