Monday, 14 February 2011

Damian Ortega + Pani, Le Corbusier, Hansen

Skin. Centro Urbano Presidente Alemán C.U.P.A., 1950, Mario Pani, Mexico City, Mexico 2006

Skin. Przyczolek Grochowski Estate, LCS, 1963, Oskar Hansen, Warsaw, Poland 2007

Skin. L'Unité D'Habitation à Berlin, 1956-1958, Le Corbusier, Berlin, Germany 2007

Ortega’s Skin works belong to a series of sculptures based on modernist residential architecture. Using natural cow leather, he has replicated floor plans of apartments in the Przyczolek Grochowski Estate in Warsaw by Oskar Hansen, Mexico City’s Urban Center President Alemán by architect Mario Pani, and Le Corbusier’s L’Unité d’Habitation in Berlin. The resulting cut-outs are installed as soft hanging sculptures. These residential projects were conceived to replace existing ineffective metropolitan housing with linear, egalitarian structures. Ortega’s malleable figures focus on the formal qualities of the buildings rather than their functional and social aspects and offer a gentle critique of modernism’s promise to transform human settlement.

via Tate Modern

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