Electronic devices seem to have graduated from technological tools to objects that are almost necessary for everyday life. As constant companions, they inhabit houses, purses, businesses, and pockets. Never very far from reach, human inventions have taken over the landscape. Artist Kevin LCK explores the relationships between people and their possessions through his cardboard dioramas. Each model contains a domestic scene that prompts the viewer to examine their relationship to their belongings.
Engaging with technology at times can feel like an automatic and mundane interaction. Kevin LCK crafts everyday appliances and devices and endows them with an inner life.
“I seeked to detach the audience from the real world temporarily, provide them with a space to rethink and reconsider the way we behave and think about the relationship between ourselves, objects and environment with technology in a more conscious way,” he said of his work.
Through his pieces, he uncovers the “unhealthy” and “absurd” situations that are part and parcel of a modern life. Miniature furniture and place settings create scenes that ask the audience to reflect on what technology has replaced in terms of social interaction. His work posits the notion that convenience has come at the price of a depth of experience with objects and one another.
Almost resembling dollhouses, the black and white dioramas invoke a playful quality that transforms the electronics from utilitarian items into toys. By hand-crafting their forms, Kevin LCK regains control over the mass-produced nature of their production and personalizes their meaning and function.