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January 18, 2013

The small, warped, and bookish world of Marc Giai-Miniet

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Marc Giai-Miniet is a French artist who makes creepy and fascinating dioramas that tend to feature reproductions of human organs, crime scenes, submarines in basements, and, wait for it … libraries.

The miniature tableaus are terrific examples of art’s ability to transform seemingly predictable, mundane scenarios into absurd, freakish, and beautiful visual experiences.

Giai-Miniet’s libraries are detailed and striking, replete with book cover art, author names, and identifiable typography. Occasionally a diorama’s title will conjure a loose narrative, an obscure starting point from which the viewer might further consider the art.

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“Crime Scene”

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“Three Machines Want to Know”

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“Who Wanted to Know the Machine”

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“Elevator”

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“The Suitcase”

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You can see many more images on Giai-Miniet’s website. And here’s a video (in French) that sheds some light on his process and workspace.

 
 
 

Kevin Murphy is the digital media marketing manager of Melville House.

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