Substitute Reality

I got this picture in Bangkok at the Golden Buddha Temple. Its an image of a model of the temple and its environs. After the opulence and intricacies of the royal palaces, the ’emerald Buddha’ temple and other sights in Bangkok, this came as welcome relief.

There are a number of artists practicing what I call ‘substitute realism’ where they make and then photograph models. I like Thomas Demand, Lori Nix and Bill Armstrong.

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