BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG

Some shots of different pieces of work by BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG. Thanks to BUMBUMBUM for directing me to the work.

I think I love 90% of work that relates to architecture, the built environment, installation art, urban environments, text, interventions, etc. This stuff seems to tick all the boxes… What do you think? I’d like to start using my blog as a means of generating discussion, critical or otherwise, so use the comments if you have anything you’d like to say!

CHERNOBYL

I just read an amazing account of an author’s [Henry Shukman] exploration of ‘Europe’s strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted postapocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge.’

For anyone interested in Chernobyl, wildlife, subversive spaces, architecture, or even psycho-geography and art, this is a must read.

I saw the link on Twitter thanks to bldgblog << who you should follow if you're not already.

Find the text HERE, and let me know what your thoughts on it are.

flats at Chernobyl exclusion zone

Photo thanks to Pedro Moura Pinheiro.

SHEFFIELD SHOWCASE

After a meeting with Sheffield City Council I’ve been given the go-ahead for a new piece of work.

It’s part of their Sheffield Showcase scheme.

It is technically an exhibition, but it will have to be viewed through an unused shop’s window. So some might call it a display. Anyway, the idea of the scheme is to generate footfall around a more run down area of the city centre. It also lets students training for an award in Visual Merchandising get some much needed hands on experience of dressing windows and working with artists/designers/etc. The scheme is currently under scrutiny from the Council and talks are underway about whether to cut it’s funding (cheers Conservatives!).

The area in question is SEVENSTONE << Check out that site for info about what is planned. Though it's unlikely to go ahead anymore.

With this in mind I'll be putting my work up around the middle of March this year. Keep checking back for updates, and as ever, get in touch if you've got some feedback.

Sevenstone Site in Sheffield (proposed development)

THOMAS DEMAND

In an effort to garner some inspiration for a series of prints (that will also be transferred onto t-shirts) I’ve been mooching through one of my favourite books; Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art.

Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art

It’s a great book for anyone interested in Contemporary Art and Collage, so check it out if you can.

It’s got plenty of artists and examples of their work, but I’d totally forgotten about an artist who was a massive inspiration for my practice when I was at uni. THOMAS DEMAND creates highly technical and elaborate architectural locations and interior structures – using just paper and card. Often creating the illusion of reality, (since his work is made, photographed and then destroyed) meaning the viewer can only see each piece as a photograph.

There is a juxtaposition of mundanity and the uncanny which creates an unsettled reading of the image. The 3D model/structure becomes flat, a plane, an image of a place that was built intentionally to be seen in 2D. It is this denial that makes the viewer aware of a ‘set’; the photograph offers the viewer an answer to what they see as an ‘uncertain reality’, allowing them into the image and a chance to pull apart the illusion.

Simulator by Thomas Demand