Urban Decay: Sydney miniatures: Joshua Smith
Australian Design Centre, 2 August – 26 September 2018

Interior Architecture lecturers Christina Deluchi and Luke Tipene invited to attend exhibition design workshop with the Australian Design Centre

Miniaturist and artist Joshua Smith’s intricately detailed models of overlooked Sydney buildings celebrate the beauty of urban grime, rust, decay and graffiti.

This is the first solo exhibition of miniaturist and artist Joshua Smith. Based in Norwood, South Australia, Smith has shown his miniatures in galleries and art fairs in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Formerly a self-taught stencil artist, Joshua ran Espionage Gallery in Adelaide for four years before concentrating on his career as a miniature artist in 2015.

Five intricately-crafted models of Sydney buildings in Haymarket, the CBD, Newtown and Stanmore will be on display, each one constructed complete with ad hoc signage, graffiti and urban grime.

The exhibition offers insights into Joshua Smith’s meticulous approach to the creation of the works, including research conducted through Google Maps and photography, and the perfect recreation of each building’s facade in 1:20 scale using a variety of materials. Intrinsically fascinating, the miniatures provide a fresh way of experiencing and understanding our urban environment.