Exploring growth and Milan through imaginary architecture
a series of imaginary architecture drawings by Stefan Davidovici in dialogue with photos by Stefano Gusmeroli in exhibition at the CALL OVER 35, 21stTriennale, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan June 22 to July 31 2016
“...it is in the guise of fiction that one can more easily and relentlessly tell the truth.”
Robert D. Kaplan, In Europe's Shadow
The drawings and images are literally 'growing' together, under the eyes of the viewer.
They raise questions about the mechanism that makes architectural spaces alive – the very fact that, like us, they are born, evolve, get old and finally disappear, subject to the very flow of life and history.
The photos and the drawings are intimately related. They grow together. The two media are contrasting but are in a clear, active, living dialogue.
The Human Maps start with the dreams of a dog, of course.
We perceive reality in a complex way that changes over time and combines our direct perceptions with patterns and abstract notions. The way we conceive the architectural space that 'matters' - the one that 'hiddes a story' - is a direct reflection of this complex perception.
I have started drawing architectures on Mars just because it is so wonderfully empty.
What I draw, I have no idea, certainly they are not functions I understand. For sure they are not NASA bases or anything like that, I don't even know if those buildings are made by humans or not. It doesn't matter.
Architecture is powerful and meaningful in itself, this is what is important for me.
Even more, in dialogue with such a pristine environment.
But during the time I have started to understand that this dialogue with nature also means, kind of violating it. Parasite, life is just a parasite, grown abusively on the geological endless tranquility. Maybe geology should just be left alone.
The new series of collages commissioned by ESH Gallery in Milan.
A series of imaginary architectures exploring the expressivity or Architectural space. In stark contrast - and in a deeply respectful dialogue - with the pristine, mercyless setting of a place impossibly far and however so familiar.
The drawings are fully hand-made perspectives drawn on recycled paper with ink/china. The original sizes vary from 30x20cm to 70 x 40cm.
The background photos (Copyright NASA/ JPL-Caltech) are courtesy of our eyes on Mars, the tireless rovers, which bring another world so close to us. Even after all these years I still can't get over the sense of wonder created by these images. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with them.