Invisible Building

Invisible Building
2012
Installation view
Garden of Learning – Busan Biennial
Curated by Roger Buergel, Busan, Korea

The work is composed of a series of gouache paintings placed on scaffolding and a series of glass screens that are placed in order to create a series of spaces.

The paintings depict figures, group of workers seemingly engaged in a series of possibly purposeful actions – such as kneeling, lifting, lowering down, passing on, etc. – they are in the process of constructing or deconstructing something / pushing, struggling or being exhausted by the process of working or exhausted by the enormous constructions that loom before them. These figures may be part of construction sites, scaling scaffolding, buildings emerging. In the light of buildings that seem to be producing themselves, these figures are engaged in miniscule activities. The remarkable process of architectural growth and its speed is incomprehensible and unstoppable, this might in itself be exhausting. This growth is considered alongside small, alienated figures and their individual actions. These are nomadic and itinerant figures who here exist amongst semi-built and emerging environments or landscapes.

The work is related to that initial idea in being interested in phantasmagoria, i.e. the miraculous appearances of enormous settlements of buildings; the states of being outside of something; architecture as mirage, perhaps even fatamorgana. The paintings use the same unified colour scheme. The figures and the objects that they interact with sit within or float upon deep dark matt grounds, non-places that are without any other reference points, voids even. Other colours that appear in the works suggest the luminescent and bright colours of electric blues and neon.

Invisible Building
2012
From the series of 19 framed paintings, gouache on paper, 30 x 35cm
Garden of Learning – Busan Biennial
Curated by Roger Bruegel, Busan, Korea