Currently on view in two different New York City art galleries are two different pieces with something in common: behind-the-scenes secrets. With special permission for Design Milk, here they are from front and top secret* back.

Amongst a few dozen landscape photographs by various artists at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery is the unbelievable work of Patrick Jacobs… in the wall!

The mind-blowingly detailed scene looks like it goes on for miles. Still, when viewed from the back (in the gallery offices) it’s somehow bigger than you’d expect: 32 inches wide and 22.5 inches deep (the gallery has very thick walls that still weren’t enough)

Wish you could see inside? Check out this video of him making other work, produced by the Museum of Art & Design for a show last summer.

What: Window with View of the Gowanus Heights by Patrick Jacobs.  Featured in “Great Photographs: Scape”
Where: Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, 537 W 24th St, New York, NY
When: June 14, 2012 – July 20, 2012 (only one more week!)

At Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery, just two blocks north, is a small piece by Ted Victoria that looks like a video, but it’s not! Ironically, here is video taken of it that will LOOK the same on your computer screen but is not the same.

Ted Victoria, Feather on the Beach, 2009-2012
Lens, halogen bulbs, timing motors, mirrors, fabricated beach and duck feather
20 ½ x 20 5/8 x 5 1/4

When the 5-inch deep frame is unscrewed and opened you’ll find a double-tailed motorized camera obscura. On the top right, peaking out just below the motor, is a rotating real feather. On the left, rotating at the same speed, is a black cut-out in the same shape and size as the feather which will become the shadow in the final image. With only a few mirrors (the electronics are for the slow spinning motors) the light reflecting off both objects is reflected down, center and back up to a small piece of etched glass to produce a 2-dimensional moving image of the 3-dimensional objects inside. Old school just got new schooled.

What: Feather on the Beach by Ted Victoria
Where: Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery, 531 W 26th St, New York, NY
When: June 7, 2012 – August 10, 2012

*Shhhh.. The galleries will show you too if you ask.

Photographs of Patrick Jacobs’ work by Holt Walborn, courtesy Patrick Jacobs / Pierogi, Brooklyn currently on exhibit at Hasted Kraeutler, New York.

Photographs of Ted Victoria’s work courtesy of the artist and Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery, New York.