Benjamin Sack is an American artist who is noted for creating hyper-detailed drawings of cityscapes that mingle realism with abstraction. He depicts infinite cities, architectural labyrinths of dizzying detail. When I first came across his work, I was incredibly impressed (mindblown, to be honest) to see how he represented both the infinite and the infinitesimal through pen and ink drawing. The painstaking detail involved pushes the boundaries of imagination and complexity in architectural art.
Sack’s work is the expression of his fascination with infinity. In his pieces, we see cityscapes that spiral and fractalise, creating a sense of an architectural space that goes on forever, an urban maze that no person could escape from. Like other scenes indicating infinity, vastness, and great magnitude, Sack’s drawings elicit a feeling of the sublime: that feeling of wonder combined with terror.
The artist also draws inspiration from art history, classical music, the sciences, history, literature, and paradoxes. Many of his pieces are reminiscent of M.C. Escher’s work, much of which was likewise inspired by the concept of infinity.