Study for Fiction Plane is a photo installation that explores the use of artwork in simulation spaces—facilities built as “sets” for immersive experiences. The installation documents paintings, drawings and prints used to heighten the reality of these fabricated environments.

Study for Fiction Plane features a fake hospital room where an actress presents symptoms to medical students, a fabricated domestic space set aflame to create burn patterns for forensic trainees, an imitation home where new technologies are tested, a mock city built by the FBI, a Mars simulation and more. The installation includes photographs from a variety of artists, in addition to Weist, such as Corinne Botz, Sarah Pickering and Larry Sultan among others.

Using visual information from the collection, Weist teamed up with two Hollywood-based concept artists (who design environments for Sci-Fi and Fantasy film productions) to create a collaborative series of artworks, entitled Fiction Plane, designed to be included within film and TV sets. The series itself shows a fictitious environment when the works are viewed together and in the correct arrangement.

—The Shed, 2019

Julia Weist
Study For Fiction Plane, 2019 
Overall dimensions 13' x 11'
Ceiling-hung installation of pigment prints and C-print from six artists

Counter clockwise from left:
Patrick Aventurier, L’académie du F.B.I. (1989), 20" x 30", archival pigment print in artist frame
Julia Weist, Tenement Museum (New York, New York) (2019), 22 1/2" x 40", archival pigment print in artist frame
Ian Dagnall, Biosphere 2 (2013), 20" x 30", archival pigment print in artist frame
Julia Weist, Christmas House (Cleveland, Ohio) (2019), 28 1/8" x 50", archival pigment print in artist frame
Corinne Botz, Lori (2014), 40" x 30", archival pigment print in artist frame
Sarah Pickering, Electric Radiator (2007), 47 1/4" x 37 3/4", chromogenic print in artist frame
Larry Sultan, Lassen Avenue (2003), 40 1/2" x 50", archival pigment print in artist frame
Julia Weist, Smart Apartment (Louisville, Kentucky) (2019), 25 5/16" x 45", archival pigment print in artist frame

Installation photos: Hai Zhang


Julia Weist
Christmas House (Cleveland, Ohio), 2019 
28 1/8 x 50 inches
archival pigment print in artist frame


Julia Weist
Smart Apartment (Louisville, Kentucky), 2019 
25 5/16 x 45 inches
archival pigment print in artist frame


Julia Weist
Tenement Museum (New York, New York), 2019 
22 1/2 x 40 inches
archival pigment print in artist frame