LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
by Alexandra Anderson-Spivy
As the fall art season arrived in an anything-but-a-blockbuster frame of mind, I found myself captivated by some shows of deceptively modest, distinctly eccentric works. The biggest surprise were the dozen or so exquisitely morbid grisaille dioramas bathed in semi-darkness at the remodeled Parsons New School
galleries at Fifth Avenue and East 12th Street. This dystopian rummage-sale universe is the creation of a pair of highly original animators best known for their very short, very strange stop-frame films. Timothy and Stephen Quay
, reclusive identical twins from Pennsylvania, now living in London, where they hand make their obsessively detailed, miniature architectural fantasies that way out-weird Joseph Cornell
and channel Arthur Rackham
via Franz Kafka
and grim post-war Polish animation.