Artist Peter Root makes diorama cities and landscapes using common materials such as staples, soap and stacks of die-cut metals. “My work fluctuates between highly repetitive mantra-like procedures and simple experimentation of techniques. The outcome of the work is frequently controlled by the initial shapes and forms of the units repeated.” I’ve been blogging about artists who create art using common materials lately, I don’t know what it is that I’m drawn to, the juxtaposition, the beauty in simplicity that flies in the face of art education. Art is what’s beautiful and thought provoking to the viewer. So this is art - even if it’s made from stacks of staples. We visited Dia:Beacon a few weeks ago. There are large scale works on display such as piles of glass, dirt and rocks, art made from a single piece of string, piles of felt. I wasn’t drawn to those pieces as much as this work. I appreciate the OCD nature and transformative aspect of common materials. A pile of dirt is a pile of dirt, regardless of how it’s described. But a pile of staples, photographed in just the right way, is a futuristic city, and that’s pretty cool.