Joshua Smith’s wonders of “Urban decay”

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Miniaturist and artist Joshua Smith’s intricately detailed models of overlooked Sydney buildings celebrate the beauty of urban grime, rust, decay and graffiti. “Urban Decay”, showing at the Australian Design Centre (August 2 – September 25), will be his first solo exhibition.

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Joshua Smith (based in Norwood, South Australia) will unveil five intricately-crafted miniatures of buildings, one roller door and one dumpster, each constructed complete with ad hoc signage, graffiti and urban grime. The Sydney buildings include the Olympia Milk Bar in Stanmore, the Karim building in Wentworth Street and the Ginseng Shop in Haymarket, while a Milk Bar from Joshua’s home town Adelaide and a Bodega from Brooklyn, New York round out the set.

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Smith has previously shown his miniatures in galleries and art fairs in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Formerly a self-taught stencil artist, Joshua ran Espionage Gallery in Adelaide for four years before concentrating on his career as a miniature artist in 2015.

The exhibition offers insights into Joshua Smith’s meticulous approach to the creation of the works, including research conducted through Google Maps and photography, and the perfect recreation of each building’s facade in 1:20 scale using a variety of materials.

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