The other day as I was wandering around in a London neighborhood near Bloomsbury, I happened upon a gallery showing works by the artist John Dilnot. He's a British artist, characterized as "urbanist" , who creates books, prints and other works from found objects. I immediately liked his work shown at this gallery- cut paper collages in handmade wooden boxes.
Chris Lethbridge describes his work like this: "John Dilnot’s art is the expression of an intensely urban and industrial society, obsessed by its agrarian past...Memories of past agricultural squalor, hardship and poverty have been suppressed in favour of the classic archetype of England, as pastoral Never Never Land. Through the period of the 20th century imperial and economic decline this sense of a retreat into a fantasy as a panacea for contemporary reality has become ever more pronounced."