Every novel is an imaginary world to be discovered; Dan Bradyâ€™s Architectural Model 1:50 is Franz Kafkaâ€™s The Trial. Brady explores the possibilities of architecture and fictional experience â€“ but not in the way youâ€™d expect.
Breaking down each scene from the book (Kâ€™s house, the bank where he works, the law offices, etc.), he designs each imagined space in real miniaturised 3D, creating a conglomerate â€˜blockbusterâ€™ of a building. The grim ambience of the novel (the omnipresent terror of the clerksâ€™ watchful eyes, the oppressive sound of the Tinsmithâ€™s hammer) have all been translated to minute architectural detail.
Bradyâ€™s sculpture has the same hauntingly iconic qualities as Kubrickâ€™s 2001 set design: from the simple materials of cardboard and glue, heâ€™s made a prototype of sublime austerity, cloyingly claustrophobic, and infinitely wondrous.
In capturing the essence of a literary epic, Bradyâ€™s gone one further than telling a story of a man trying to justify his own existence: he offers a possible future space where thereâ€™s no humanity at all. Just a cold, endless, magnetically seductive perfection.
Dan Brady's Biography
1978 Born in Manchester Lives and works in London
2003 Dan Brady's The Trial, Henry Peacock Gallery, London