Thomas Doyle’s “No Man’s Land” at LeBasse Projects [Culver City]


Thomas Doyle built every miniature house in his exhibit at LeBasse Projects from scratch out of balsa and bass wood. His attention to detail is insane, since he not only builds his tiny houses perfectly, but also destroys them in an organically beautiful way as well. 

In this exhibit, he even brought a new element into his work. The use of magnification. You see it in the  three colorful pieces of drywall that look like they have bullet holes in them. However, when you look closely into each hole, you see a perfectly lit figurine. 

Thomas also restructured one of his pieces from an exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York for the gallery. On the surface it looks like a snowy scene with a frozen lake. But, when you get close you realize that underneath the ice is a city with street lights and houses. In the museum the piece was actually spread across two floors, so he built a modified enclosure for it at the gallery, since the building is only one story tall. 

Thomas Doyle’s exhibit made me miss the Carole & Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures, which closed down in 2001. 

For Travelers:

LeBasse Projects has two locations, so when you look up their shows be sure you’re heading to the right one. Also, sometimes their Culver City location will have its opening on the same night as a bunch of other openings at galleries nearby, so be sure to drive down Las Cienega Blvd afterwards to see if people are gathered around. If they are, it’s a sure sign that there’s another opening reception happening.