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Jill Orlov

Jill Orlov

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Artist Work

Wings of Desire
2019
Steel, glass marbles, miniature handmade paper books, brass parts
14" wide x 15" deep x 24" tall
Wings of Desire
2019
Steel, glass marbles, miniature handmade paper books, brass parts
14" wide x 15" deep x 24" tall
Wings of Desire
2019
Steel, glass marbles, miniature handmade paper books, brass parts
14" wide x 15" deep x 24" tall
Fahrenheit 451
2019
Steel, vintage wood bookcase, glass marble, miniature handmade paper books, brass parts
16" wide x 12.5" deep x 41.5" tall
Fahrenheit 451
2019
Steel, vintage wood bookcase, glass marble, miniature handmade paper books, brass parts
16" wide x 12.5" deep x 41.5" tall
Breakfast Club
2018
Steel, vintage printer plates, pipe straps, fence post finial, copper mesh
19.75" wide x 13.5" deep x 11.5" tall

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
4106081698
Artistic Category

Literary Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I make miniature worlds that evoke nostalgia with a modern twist. I hold two architectural degrees and spent two decades as a professional architect. Throughout my life, I took a variety of art classes including pottery, printmaking and glass blowing, but from my first class in welding, I became hooked on metal. Creating miniature settings is a natural progression since, in architecture, my design process always began with making tiny concept models. Now, in my work as a sculptor, my inspirations range from vintage furniture to classic film, television, and literature. My first step in a project is to break each object down to its bare geometries, turning it into a puzzle to be solved. My kit of parts includes off-the-shelf steel rods, blocks, and bars, plus found objects such as antique hardware, keys, jewelry parts, and industrial components. Still an architect at heart, my art is the built environment...just miniaturized.

Artist Bio

Education:

University of Virginia – Bachelor of Science in Architecture 1991

University of Pennsylvania, Advanced Standing Placement – Master of Architecture 1995

Exhibitions - Museums and Galleries:

June 28 – July 19, 2019 The Studios at the Fox Building in Baltimore, Maryland. Group exhibit

May 4 – Sept 15, 2019    The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona. Solo exhibition Borrowed Time / Borrowed Books including six vignettes of miniature libraries depicted in literature, film and television

July 20 – Aug 5, 2018       Baltimore Office of Production in the Arts & Artscape - Dolphin Gallery. Group show Open During Construction. Julia’s Kitchen in a Box

July 7 – Aug 3, 2018         Towson University Center of Fine Arts. Group show Extravagant Visions, Extraordinary Imaginings. “To be an artist is to recapture childhood at will”. Brady Bunch Stair in a Box

May 5 – July 22, 2018      D. Thomas Fine Arts Gallery in Yonkers, NY. Group show Badass Miniatures – Causing a Little Trouble - 30 artists from around the world. “Tiny art pushing the boundaries of the traditional miniature art form.” Badass Boudoir

Dec 2017 – Jan 2018        Made in Baltimore – Pop Up Holiday Show

June – Sept 2017               D. Thomas Fine Arts Gallery in Hastings on Hudson, New York. Group show Wee Resist including 12 artists from around the world. “Big Message Small Art. Miniaturists confronting cultural fears and providing commentary on an unstable world.” My piece “O” is a miniature representation of the Oval Office with a rotating floor showing the current and the former office.

May – Sept 2017               D. Thomas Fine Arts Gallery in Hastings on Hudson, New York. Solo show Those Were The Days – Pop Icon TV Show Sets Reimagined in Miniature. Exhibited Julia’s Kitchen in a Box, Brady Bunch Stair in a Box and Archie & Edith’s Sitting Room in a Box

Oct 2016 - Sept 2017       American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. YUMMM! The History, Fantasy and Future of Food. A group show of 34 artists. Exhibited Kitchen in a Box, French Dining Room in a Box and the Champagne Bubble Chair

May 2016 – Jan 2017       National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse accompanied with 24 Dream Rooms designed by local artists and designers commissioned by the museum to accompany the exhibit. Mouseum in a Box Dream Room

Dec 2016                             Baltimore Museum of Art gift shop, front windows themed to accompany the exhibit Imagining Home. Exhibited Kitchen in a BoxNightstand, and Sofa Table