Elegant, until it rains
“You look really good in cardboard.” It’s not a compliment we’re used hearing, but it might become more common if more people saw Italy-based artist Chris Gilmour’s work. For the last decade Gilmour has created life-size replicas of a whimsical range of objects out of cardboard and glue: microscopes, roadsters, guitars, typewriters, drum sets. His work, which exhibited last month as part of the art festival SCOPE New York 2013, lends a palpable degree of nobility to the workaday objects he re-creates with it. The intricate detailing of each piece and the nostalgic brown finish invite you into Gilmour’s cardboard world—a place, maybe, where there’s winking magic in every object, and people pray it never rains.
Kevin Hartnett is a writer who lives in Ann Arbor, Mich. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.