• apocalyptic archaeology

    Apocalyptic Archaeology features works that are depictions of a ruined world. The works are meditations on the brevity of life, and reveal the awareness of passing time, erosion and decay, and the ultimate deterioration of manmade artifacts, such as architecture, interiors, and landscapes.

  • dreams and memories

    Dreams and Memories includes works that explore the intangible and inescapable realm of the psyche. The artists pose questions about the nature and meaning of recalled experiences, and about the way in which dreams and memories intersect and even morph from one level of consciousness to another.

  • voyeurs/provocateurs

    Voyeur/Provocateurs includes subversively witty scenes-satirical commentaries on art, culture, and politics. These works make the viewer into Peeping Toms that spy on secret scenes.

  • unnatural nature

    Unnatural Nature features work by artists that recreate natural environments using artificial materials and found objects which fool us into believing they are real places.view

category:  Apocalyptic Archaeology
Canal Street Cross-Section

This work is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in the exhibition "Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities."

I was one of those kids who was always building things. My earliest “works” were things like small-scale models of a grocery store, butcher shop, or police station, all built into shoeboxes for first-grade class projects. I later studied scenic design for theater, along with film production, and soon discovered that I enjoyed building the models for the stage sets more than working on the actual productions. I began to build miniature environments that were narrative in nature. I wanted them to tell a story and not just document the architecture. The viewer can create their own scenario as to what just happened. I never include figures because they would simply signal that the viewer is actually looking into a miniature—something not real. My goal is to create an environment, in which the viewer is totally absorbed.

- Segment of Artist Statement by Alan Wolfson. Image courtesy of the artist; Private collection, England.


Plastic, brass, plywood, electrical components, mixed media