Charles LeDray

Charles LeDray

The uniquely talented, New York-based sculptor Charles LeDray (1960–) requires you to pull out your magnifying glass to truly appreciate his art. LeDray ranks among the less vociferous of artists, but he is a true master of his craft. His virtuosity is immediately evident when looking at his small and intricate sculptures. Where others favour majestic greatness, LeDray emphasises small details.

An eye for details

Like miniature renditions of real life, LeDray shapes small copies of familiar everyday objects, recreated in meticulous detail – a hanger carrying miniature jackets, a sidewalk filled with tiny books, or a piece of straw perfectly shaped into a bone. Clearly, LeDray’s creations are the result of tremendous, time-consuming effort.

The world as is – but smaller

While his works offer rich scope for interpretation as commentaries on consumerism and our relationships with familiar things, LeDray himself offers little aid for our readings. Rather, he encourages the viewer to make their own interpretations of the works. His pieces are not made to be adorable or ‘cute’, although observers are, of course, free to see them as such. Essentially, they show the world as it is, merely in miniature format: here is a section of a wall with a hanging mop, straight out of the corner of a janitor’s workshop. The brown stains on the wall, the lint in the corner – these things are not hidden, but proudly on display. In this way, LeDray portrays the world as it is, in small and remarkable sculptures, without embellishing the truth behind them.

 

 

Works by Charles LeDray are exhibited here:

 Textile Museum Herning


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