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Marcin Bialas is a Polish artist who’s specialized in etchings and drawings in black an white. Among his large production, a recurring theme is dissected buildings and surreal constructions, such as infinite staircases and labyrinthine interiors, an atemporal combination of G.B. Piranesi and Brodsky/Utkin prints. The structures seem unfinished, yet already in ruin, able to plunge the viewer into an uncomfortable feeling. Somewhere between nightmares and theatrical settings, Marcin Bialas’ retro drawings explore the dramatic potential of different projections and points of view.
Monad | rmf
The Hollow | rmf
Ilkka Halso is a Finnish artist who investigates the relationships between architecture, technology and nature, through photo-realistic renderings and collages set in natural environments. In “Tree Works”, light structures are built around existing trees with the aim of protecting them and, at the same time, of turning them into a sort of “living museum” of nature explorable by a public. Nature is somehow commodified and transformed into a spectacle to admire from very close. The architectural language is that of the scaffolding, transitional structures used to build a construction or to refurbish it: the act of connecting metal poles to natural environments engages a surreal discourse based on man’s paradoxical attempt to preserve what he’s currently destroying.
These enigmatic pencil drawings by Kristin Arestava are an interesting experiment in architectural visualization. The abstract volumes are represented without ever defining a contour, but through the repetition of vertical lines drawn with different intensity to give a vibrancy to the single surfaces.
The southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area is known for expensive real estate, tech companies, and aerospace engineers. Less well known is its salt content.
Yet the salt industry has been a vital part of the South Bay for more than a century. Fly into any of the region’s airports and evidence of this appears as a vibrant quilt of briny pools in acid green, ochre, and shades of red that look toxic. These algae-infused intake and evaporation ponds, crisscrossed by channels and levees, are a surreal landscape seen best from the air.
Photographer Cris Benton has studied and documented this fascinating area for over 10 years, using cameras held aloft by large handmade kites. In his new book, Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton (Heyday Press), the retired architecture professor explains that kite aerial photography “fuels my fascination with photography’s capacity to reveal patterns and phenomena that lie beyond the capacities of our native senses.”
Scrapffiti | Benny Jepsen
A tribute to Henry Heerup
Gregor Schneider is an artist with an obsession for the elaboration and the reconstruction of spaces, with the aim of questioning common notions of domesticity or leisure. His works often play with uncanny feelings related to those areas of a house we don’t really know or inhabit, like corridors, basements, inside of closets, interstitial spaces, and with the memories these spaces may carry with them.
The work underlines the conformity of common leisure by superimposing the image of detention camps with that of relaxed – vacation setting. People are confined in their enjoyment and forced to reason about the ambiguity of a country which applies a very strong stance against those trying to reach it illegally.
“21 Beach Cells can be seen as contradictory: on the one hand, the cells are open and contain a lilo and umbrella – all the comforts of beach enjoyment, but as cells, they potentially enclose beach space and evoke dark associations of detention centres and disharmony. Importantly, the cells don’t force us to enter, in fact we can choose to take advantage of the cell’s facilities.”
Deconstructed II: Altstadt | Cory Stevens