Post by Mary Whealen
Exquisitely detailed dioramas of abandoned diners, crumbling gas stations, small town brick storefronts, Tim Prythero's sculptures document America's fading analog past. Pop art that has dropped all self-referential posturing, Prythero is not saying, 'look at my cleverness,' he is saying, 'look at the world.' Or maybe, even more simply, just, 'look.' Which clearly he does!
Folksy, nostalgia-evoking and utterly wonderful, they remind me of Edward Hopper. Jody would love his work!
The piece I saw is "Tail of the Pup" and the back of the sculpture (that I could see by pressing my cheek to the museum wall) blew me away; plywood delaminating on the bottom of a sagging and patched screen door, overflowing trashcan, refuse blown against the wall, now-useless pipes and conduits, weeds growing in the cracks, a sponge mop disintegrating in the elements... I could feel how it would crumble in my fingers if I touched it. Here is a slideshow of his work. (http://www.timprythero.com/urban-street-scenes/)
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