The Plastic Installations of Thomas Deininger

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American artist Thomas Deininger creates installations and assemblages of heterogeneous objects in the manner of Arcimboldo. The artist prepares bewildering optical illusions that must be seen from a little distance. Toys, corks, various pieces… his works are made up of a multitude of small recovered plastic objects.

At first glance, the workspace of this Rhode Island-based artist looks like a cluttered space of all these things that are expected to get rid of during yard sales, small plastic toys, household utensils, old lighters etc. The pile of objects, often in bright colors, looks intriguing. His art process consists of assembling them into families (by association of subject or color, matter or universe), gluing them, or mounting them on supporting platforms, which form famous canvases, animals or portraits.

Like the paintings of Arcimboldo in his time, the anamorphoses of the sixteenth century and the impressionist technique, his plastic installations (which began in 1994) are somewhere halfway between sculpture, painting and installation, and offer a quite fascinating setting. The abyss of modern man, congested, or perhaps well reassured, by the objects of consumption surrounding him.

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Rainbow trout. 2014

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