Not To Be Missed: Art Of The Brick

Until April 12, you can head to the Truman Brewery and see some Lego. Does’t that sound exciting?

ART OF THE BRICK (photo: MariannaMichael)
ART OF THE BRICK (photo: MariannaMichael)

If so, then great! If not, let me convince you.

I am one of those adults (twentysomething who pretends to be so), who can be in a room with some kids and some lego and aim to help them build a house, car, tree etc, before i unveil a masterpiece. Lego is great and hence why Nathan Sawaya turned to Lego as an art-form once he had quit practicing law. He has since become a renowned “LEGO artist” and is known for his collections and installations.

Seeing this exhibition will forever change your view of what these little bricks can achieve. Many of its key pieces have much to say about our world and how art relates to it. The exhibition has wowed audiences all over the world and is coming to the UK for the first time at the Old Truman Brewery.

– Exhibition  site

ART OF THE BRICK (photo: MariannaMichael)
ART OF THE BRICK (photo: MariannaMichael)

3D installations, copies of famous artworks and genius ideas, all come together in the form of lego bricks; but do not let the concept fool you. The bricks may be plastic and colourful, but that hasn’t stopped Sawaya from creating works that humours and some which are emotive. One thing which is clear, is the artists passion not just for the medium, but for sculpture as an art form. He is, not so much a ‘lego artist’, but a sculptor who is able to create moving, funny, enticing, anatomically fascinating works, out of a material which can be seen as limiting. Sawaya has diminished the idea that lego is for basic creativity, but for an imagination which sees no limits.

It is not just the clarity of his ideas in lego-form, or the scale of the pieces but the smaller details, like the shadows some pieces create on the walls and the curation of the spaces which makes the entire exhibition, more of an experience.

ART OF THE BRICK (photo: MariannaMichael)
ART OF THE BRICK (photo: MariannaMichael)

“I like using LEGO bricks as a medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reaction to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. …My goal is to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the LEGO® brick. The right angles. The distinct lines. But, from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines offer new perspectives, changing to curves.”

ART OF THE BRICK (photo: MariannaMichael)

Tickets from £8

Old Truman Brewery
Loading Bay
Ely’s Yard
15 Hanbury Street
London, E1 6QR

-Nathan Sawaya

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