Photographs? Paintings? Sculptures? Other? The photorealistic works by artist Randy Hage are sure to leave you guessing during his solo show at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, California.
Over the past 15 years, artist Randy Hage has made it his goal to preserve the memory and history of a place by capturing aging storefronts. As cities and towns continue to evolve and grow, these nostalgic facades are being demolished or neglected, or are becoming platforms for gang symbols and other vandalism. The collection of Hage’s works depict “a wide range of mom and pop shops that once acted as pillars of their communities but are now either facing the impending threat of elimination, or have already shut their doors,” as the gallery reports.

Randy Hage, “McSorley’s Old Ale House in Miniature,” mixed media (1/12th scale), 24 1/2 x 20 x 12 in.
(c) Randy Hage 2015

Just as intriguing as Hage’s concept are his materials and methods of presentation. At first glance, photographs of Hage’s work appear to be just that: photographs of his subjects. In fact, however, Hage draws upon his experience as a TV and film set and prop expert to skillfully re-create store façades in miniature. As the gallery relates: “Photos that Hage creates of his completed sculptures are virtually indistinguishable from photos of the real life original structures themselves. This side by side comparison only enhances the enchantment felt when viewing his meticulously crafted works. His photos are able to capture moments within his sculptures that give credit to the illusion created and intentionality of each mark.

Randy Hage, “Pearl Paint in Miniature,” mixed media (1/12th scale), 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 10 in. (c) Randy Hage 2015

“Every one of Randy Hage’s photorealistic sculptures has a story and immense history that is told through each brick and beam replicated. Some buildings are grand and historic, while others appear to be more mundane, but all were once cherished by those who kept [them]. By preserving the exterior of these locations, the artist honors all of the passion that was once held within them. The communities they served and the unique place they held in history, all play a part to communicate what is in danger of being lost. ‘Façade’ by Randy Hage is a tribute to these stories and a reflection of an artist who is able to help tell them.”
“Façade” opened on October 10 and will be on view through November 18.
To learn more, visit Flower Pepper Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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