Daniel Agdag is a Melbourne based artist who has exhibited widely both within Australia and overseas. Using cardboard as his primary medium Daniel Agdag’s practice is situated in the intersection between modelmaking, sculpture and cinematography.
He is inspired by the overlooked, concealed mechanisms and systems that enable the industrialised world to function, and often explores the playful, fantastical realms of invention and imagination. His highly detailed sculptural pieces have been described as architectural in form, whimsically antiquated in nature and inconceivably intricate. His finely detailed architectural and machinery models, and immersive miniature-urban-built environments are created entirely from cardboard. Agdag’s handcrafted and highly sophisticated modelling techniques inspire and fascinate audiences. His fantasy narratives are deepened through storytelling in beautifully produced stop motion video animations.
Exhibition: The Public Office
Lost Property Office is a meticulously hand–crafted stop-motion animated short film by Artist and Filmmaker Daniel Agdag and Producer Liz Kearney.
The art deco, post–industrial inspired world was realised by hand in Daniel’s beloved medium of cardboard over a preproduction period of 18 months. The entire film was fashioned from over 2,500 sheets of recycled cardboard, patiently hand-cut using 1,287 scalpel blades to create 1258 elaborate set pieces and delicate individual props.
This exhibition features the stop motion video and the intricate cardboard models used to make it.
Image: Daniel Agdag – Royce Hotel Building (detail). 2017. 86x18x17cm.