by Anna Carnick
Photographer David DiMichele's latest series, Pseudodocumentation, depicts imaginary art installations that playfully examine scale and perception, blur the lines between truth and fiction and question the act of looking at art. The L.A.-based photographer situates his subjects in dramatic surroundings—encircled by towers of melting ice, daunting slashes of bark and shards of glass. And while his characters appear vulnerable, the resulting surreal scenes are also strikingly beautiful. Perhaps most surprisingly, the locations aren't cavernous warehouses, grand halls or museums but detailed dioramas that DiMichele contructs.
Making a statement about how audiences see and experience monumental art, the Pseudodocumentation series points out that, without access to the type of major art installations portrayed, most see such images through reproductions or websites. Using controlled light, angles and composition, the dioramas of play on the art's conceptual underpinnings and look all the more dramatic for it.