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Dillon, Montana

Fool School
Miniature environment, 9" x 9" x 6.5 inches

Tom Foolery is a Montana artist whose miniature, narrative dioramas are inviting, playful, and laced with satire.

To view the works and all the details within these intimate environments, one must approach the artwork and peer into the window of each work's little world.

Foolery invites his visitors to explore his meticulously crafted places until hopefully, he says, "the viewer gets absorbed and suspends disbelief, if even for a moment."

Foolery built his first miniature environment into the dashboard of his Nash Rambler thirty-three years ago. He moved to using the inside of the small Kodak Brownie camera body, then theatre spotlights. Foolery had begun to play on the notion of the viewer as voyeur and the spotlights interiors offered a unique stage to present his narratives. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Foolery exhibited extensively with numerous solo and group exhibitions from Los Angeles to Seattle. That work tended to poke fun at the pretense of the art world as he became more familiar with it while living and working in San Francisco.

In 1993 Foolery moved back to Montana, built his home and studio where he now lives and continues to create his wonderful folly focused on our more local Western scene.