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Small but Expressive Sculptures by Isaac Cordal

A photo of several sculpted old men wading through a puddleCasus Pacis

Isaac Cordal creates his artworks by producing tiny sculptural figures – small middle-aged business men, it appears, and placing them in concrete or industrial urban areas. The result is figures that look utterly overwhelmed in their space, even while expressing a certain amount of humour about the situation.


A photo of a tiny sculpted figure sitting atop a power box on the side of a buildingArtscape 2014

Cordal’s small but expressive sculptures attempt to work through the absurdity of modern urban living, as well as looking the average city-dwellers’ relationship to nature and the environment. Many of the scenes that Cordal’s figures are placed in are zoomed in bits of strange ephemera that would often be overlooked by a person rushing through their every day.


I love the way that Cordal photographs his sculptures in place, and then leaves them there for people to stumble upon. It would be a great little moment of joy to find one of these sculptures in my city!


A photo of a small sculpted figure in a tiny boat on a beachBeaufort04

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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