Thursday, April 01, 2010

Lego is lovely, but is it art?

New York lawyer, Nathan Sawaya, jacks it all in to become a full time lego 'artist'. This, as far as I'm concerned, is a great story: being a lego artist seems a far cooler job than being a lawyer and it seems from his commissions that maybe he's making just as much money as he would have as a lawyer!?

Sawaya speaks in deep terms about making something meaningful from the humble block but I find that his work is interesting but somewhat run of the mill. Even his deeper, 'artier', pieces seem quite hackneyed: people in grey boxes ripping their way out. Hmmm, I wonder what that means?The technical skill is there but the messages are lacking.

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