Art to look at through a magnifying glass

Dalton Ghetti.

 

 

 

When pencils are not used for drawing, but as the raw material to carving. This is the work of Dalton Ghetti, a Brazilian carpenter that devotes his free time to work on pencils up to create these objects in miniature with which, no doubt, we won’t feel like sharpening them.

 

 

 

Dalton Ghetti.

 

 

 

Contrary to what one might think due to the little size of these pieces, Dalton invests in each of them an average time of two to three months, and even more in some of them. He got interested in this format when he was 25, though by then he counted on some experience as a sculptor. As he himself states: “One day, I took a pencil and I started to carve its point. The idea is to raise the attention of people towards little things. What’s little, is beautiful…”

 

 

 

 

Ant-Man (work for Marvel, London, 2015).

 

 

 

Slinkachu is a British artist that decided to make of the urban landscape his particular creation studio where he sets his universes in miniature. Despite the apparent contradiction between the dimensions of streets and buildings and his pieces, the result is fantastic.

 

 

 

Slinkachu.

 

 

 

Since 2006, Slinkachu tirelessly recreates tiny sceneries. His work of photography was included in the books Little People in the City (2009), Big Bad City (2010) and Global Model Village (2012).

 

 

Tatsuya Tanaka.

 

 

 

The Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka works since 2011 in creating a calendar with a daily image in miniature, where he reproduces scenes from everyday life, many times with a humour touch. As he explains, many of us share thoughts about how some little elements of common life seem like other things, such as the broccoli looks similar to a thick tree.

 

 

 

Tatsuya Tanaka.

 

 

 

This artist wanted to put together a catalogue of images to take advantage of these thoughts with a radical change of scale. The project is entitled Miniature Calendar.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.