There are some exhibitions that go beyond merely displaying an issue on hand or following a thought pattern as aesthetically and as pleasingly as all exhibitions are; The Art of Brick did something that contemporary art has too often been judged against - INSPIRE. Truman Brewery is now playing host to New-York based Lego artist Nathan Sawaya who brings to us ‘The Art of Brick’; an aesthetically pleasing display of classical art recreated with Lego bricks. What sets this exhibition apart is that unlike most exhibitions that assert themselves rather strongly be it with a cause or a movement, The Art of Brick takes us on a journey, Sawaya’s journey actually of moving from a corporate world into the world of art that is ever-giving and forever-accepting of all our child-like aspirations that most of us tend to leave behind as we grow up. The exhibition has been curated with a purpose of inspiring the visitors to create; create anything but create nonetheless. To create a change and that is truly commendable in a time when modern society is quick to question the usefulness of art and why we need to continue supporting the arts. Besides telling Sawaya’s story, the Lego version of famous artworks take us through a journey from classical Greek and Roman sculptures on plinths (even a plinth on its own, probably to make the point very clear), to stunning new works of his own that put you on an existential crisis, almost. The unfinished red man titled ‘Untitled’ and sculpture of a couple are both complemented alongside short films that explains the ethos and thought process behind creating these works. Its quite fabulously crafted to instill a drive for personal change and then drop you in an environment where you question your very existence; the half-red man is a brilliant example. During the entire exhibition you get a glimpse into what its like to be Nathan himself as you learn little titbits about his life and the enormous dedication and commitment it takes to create even one of these sculptures that are then broken down after the exhibition. There are some very British works; the red English public telephone booth to musicians from England. As if attempting to recreate works such as The Scream by Picasso or The Great Wave at Kanagawa isn’t enough, Sawaya also has portraits! Portraits of Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe as well as a pondering red man resembling Rodin’s ’The Thinker’ although the lego man is sat down on a real comfy sofa (that is not made of Lego!). The Art of Brice challenges the institution of exhibitions by incorporating a variety of mediums (film, photography, LEGO!) and making them work whilst also opening up the playing field for the artist in all of us.

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