"I make a cameo as the cowboy," Sawaya says. "Our talent didn't show up that day and, well, the costume fit."
What also fit for Sawaya and West, whose resulting exhibit, "In Pieces," will open
"We would find those rundown homes and businesses in the Southwest, and we would literally find people who'd walk up to us with a shotgun in their hands and a what-are-you-doing-here look on their faces, which was all a bit scary when you're in the middle of nowhere," Sawaya recalls. "I think these kinds of hyperreal images sort of comment on modern, digital photography, and how the world can look a bit pixelated."
Sawaya's Lego sculptures will be on display next to their corresponding "In Pieces" photographs. Also appearing are works from Sawaya's earlier career, which make reference to 2004 , the year he quit practicing law to professionally tinker with his favorite toys. Whimsical, surrealist pieces such as "Gray" depict a monochromatic Lego man's face screwed up in anguish, his hands tearing through a wall. "Strength of Spirit" shows a miniature red figure being crushed between the forefinger and thumb of an oversize gray hand, which Sawaya describes as the law office building where he worked.
The Art and Culture Center is also introducing "H-Allen Benowitz: People of the World," a survey from the
In the nearby side gallery, the photo composites from "
"A lot of what I photograph are banal things that aren't worth seeing or worth photographing," says Faulds, director of the University Galleries at
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