Here & There
2009

Here & There continues my aesthetic investigation into Utopian discourse by exploring the possibilities and limitations of representation and material form.

The representation of built space carries with it the possibility of speculation on the social systems within this space. From medieval depictions of Babylon as the site of pure possibility, early twentieth century Avant-Garde architectural collectives such as the Crystal Chain, and the emergence of postmodern Visionary Architecture, drawings and models have served as vehicles for imagining alternative ways of living. An iconography of shapes and symbols have come to represent pure possibility and unlimited experimentation. Stylistic techniques that disembody these forms from reality, such as a lack of contextualizing information, insist that these images remain hypothetical.

These diagrams are not working plans, nor are they meant to be. Rather, they create a dialectic tension between pragmatism and fantasy, limitation and desire, leaving the objects on display neither here, nor there.

Here & There utilizes a variety of strategies to point to the dual nature of the work on display: it sits here in front of us, material and present, but functions in the realm of speculation and imagination, highlighting unlimited potential.


Exhibition view
Republic Gallery, Vancouver, septembre 2008


Pavilion
Graphite, pencil crayon and mineral oil on Duralar, plexiglass, hardware
72 x 46 x 36


Pavilion
(detail)


Monument
Graphite, pencil crayon and mineral oil on Duralar, plexiglass, hardware
72 x 46 x 36


Monument
(detail)


Tower
(detail)


Ideal City Model 1
Concrete fragment, resin, quartz crystal
18 x14 x 9


Beyond The Edge
Foil tape
22 10 x 34

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