Saturday 27 September 2014

WESLEY WILLIS in "Architecture by Line" at ARCHIZOOM / EDPL, Lausanne

WESLEY WILLIS, Chigago, III. Skyline, approx. 1982, mixed media o cardboard, Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander

"Architecture by Line"

25.9. - 29.11.2014

"Drawing is the perfect medium to shape and express ideas and viewpoints on architecture without using words. Lines come together to make forms, which in turn become coherent images that enable the viewer to grasp even the most complex intentions and meanings.

The American artist Saul Steinberg (1914-1999), well known for his long collaboration with The New Yorker, considered himself to be a ‘writer who draws’. A ‘speechless writer’ perhaps, but one who had a great deal to say about the buildings and cityscapes that came under the scrutiny of his critical eye. In this sense, he was a forerunner of postmodernism, and although he did not write essays many theorists of architecture see him as an important critic of design and construction.
Architecture by Line weaves links between Steinberg’s two-dimensional oeuvre and architecture. Included also will be works by a selection of international artists, who do not necessarily share any filiation with him but who, by their use of drawing, question the way people see and inhabit the places that architects design.

The exhibition shows how visual impressions captured by artists may anticipate architectural thought, and even short circuit it. In doing so it poses a vital question: is art the vehicle by which architecture is set free?" (...)

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