The greatness of minimalism

The art of minimalism is great! It asks for attention to details, patience and care. For me, when it is associated to London, it becomes even more amazing, and there are many works worth to know and follow.

Roy Tyson has a project called Roy’s People – Explore the world of the little people! He creates images and installations using miniature figures to spread his vision of the world – sometimes, a very critical view, encouraging or provoking the audience.

'Anything's possible', a Roy's People installation

‘Anything’s possible’, a Roy’s People installation

His first installation, Mandibularis beetle, showed a family walking their pet, a beetle, on the beach: “The idea was based on the control the human race has over any other animal,” he explains on his website.

'The Family', Roy's first work

‘The Family’, Roy’s first work

He challenges people by creating intriguing, humorous, provoking and fun images, and he hopes he will encourage all ages to take an interest in art.

His most popular project is called Homeless – he leaves miniature figures around the streets of London for people to find and keep them. Each figure comes with a signed tag explaining what it is about and what to do next.

'The Grate Tower', by Roy

‘The Grate Tower’, by Roy

Roy has just finished an exhibition at the Curious Duke Gallery and The Other Art Fair, both in London. In July and August, he will be back at the Curious Duck Gallery, for a summer show. On his website, it is possible to buy prints of his work.

Steve Wheen runs the amazing The Porthole Gardener – A Guerrilla Gardening blog. He seeks to create unexpected moments of happiness, by developing marvelous and highly detailed gardens in holes on the streets.

One of The Pothole Gardener's work, with Tower Bridge and The  Shard in the background

One of The Pothole Gardener’s work, with Tower Bridge and The Shard in the background

“My little gardens are a respite from the greyness of London,” he says on his website. He looks for holes on the footpaths and tries to inspire people’s imagination.

The gardener's latest installation, published on his blog in March

The gardener’s latest installation, published on his blog in March

His project started as part of his Masters in Design and generated his first book, The Little Book of Little Gardens, published by Dokument Press late in 2012.

Cover of the book, published in 2012, born from his work posted on the blog

Cover of the book, published in 2012, born from his work posted on the blog

 

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