Alan Wolfson creates handmade miniature sculptures of urban environments. Complete with complex interior views and lighting effects, a major work can take several months to complete. The pieces are usually not exact representations of existing locations, but rather a combination of details from many different locations along with much of the detail from the artist's imagination. There is a narrative element to the work. Scenarios are played out through the use of inanimate objects in the scene. There are never people present, only things they have left behind; garbage, graffiti, or a tip on a diner table, all give the work a sense of motion and a storyline. Alan's miniature environments are included in art collections throughout the US and Europe.
"Wolfson’s small, sculptured environments are mini slices of life full of intriguing contradictions. Sculpted without being sculptural, painterly without being paintings, narrative without a story, they exude a photographic or cinematic sense of reality while rarely depicting actual scenes or places. Creating them since the mid '70s, Wolfson has forged a unique place for himself in contemporary art."