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 Best Fantasy Show - 2013     
    Plato's Retreat  


  
  Conjuring up imaginary worlds, especially 
Utopia, has always been popular, but there is also plenty of art 
involving dystopian visions, where the imaginary world is terrible — or 
at least difficult. Susan Meyer's evocatively titled  Plato's Retreat 
 — named for a swingers' club in New York that was closed in the face of
 the AIDS epidemic in the '80s — was dominated by two crowded miniature 
"cities" made of stacked acrylic sheets in forms that looked both 
ancient and futuristic. These cities were populated by little people and
 accented with clear plastic windows and actual living plants. The tiny 
worlds — intelligent conceptual takes on doll houses — show that Meyer 
is really on to something.

Best Fantasy Show - 2013

Plato's Retreat

Conjuring up imaginary worlds, especially Utopia, has always been popular, but there is also plenty of art involving dystopian visions, where the imaginary world is terrible — or at least difficult. Susan Meyer's evocatively titled Plato's Retreat — named for a swingers' club in New York that was closed in the face of the AIDS epidemic in the '80s — was dominated by two crowded miniature "cities" made of stacked acrylic sheets in forms that looked both ancient and futuristic. These cities were populated by little people and accented with clear plastic windows and actual living plants. The tiny worlds — intelligent conceptual takes on doll houses — show that Meyer is really on to something.

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