Los Angeles

Jeremy Dickinson

Angles Gallery

When Jeremy Dickinson’s small, meticulous studies of English buses were exhibited a few years ago, they were shown along with route maps and tape recordings of the various sounds they produced. The mechanical aggression of the noisy, smelly, lumbering vehicles was all but erased by Dickinson’s documentary approach. In his most recent work, the British artist continues to scrutinize modes of transportation, but with a twist: many of the cars, trucks, and buses in these small canvases are toys, and their massive containers are without any means of movement (they could, we assume, be carried by truck or boat). The containers have been rendered from photographs so carefully that their bulk and weight are conveyed even in miniature. Shipping-company logos (Ellerman, Genstar) break the monochrome blocks of red and blue. The simple rectangular forms and the literalism of the titles—20 Foot High

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