Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else. (I. Calvino)
From May 10-June 19 2014 Cityscapes Gallery presented the exposition INVISIBLE CITY, featuring works of two artists (Alexa Meyerman and Frank Havermans) and one architectural office (NL Architects).
“Invisible City” focussed on the dualism between what can and cannot be perceived and the discussion to which extent complete transparency and control over reality is desirable and/or attainable for humankind. In three totally different ways the work of Alexa Meyerman, Frank Havermans and NL Architects
shed light on several aspects of this discussion.
Alexa Meyerman uses the building as a metaphor for figments of the human mind. Constructions of transparent layers, each with their own story, overlap each other, together forming an illusory reality. Typically her works at first sight impress with their striking beauty. At second sight the attentive spectator becomes increasingly aware of certain confusing aspects, on a cognitive and/or emotional level, that seem to convey that “what you see is not always what you get”!
is one of Holland's most innovative and internationally renowned architectural offices. Their latest design concerns the "Groninger forum". This impressive Centre for Art & Culture has been drafted with the new technology of BIM/REVIT, that enables all constructing parties to cooperate within the same drafting document. This new method brings forth surrealistic drawings that may shed a anticipatory light on the architecture of the future. At the occasion of “Invisible City”, NL Architects showed a selection of these drawings, which show the intestines of the building, the system of installations, cables and wires that in it's transparent complexity seems to live a life completely of it's own accord, practically beyond the grasp of human power and understanding.
Havermans explores the boundaries of art and architecture by means of either imposing interventions in public space or highly refined autonomous works. His work lures the spectator into conscious communication, attention, and effort to experience and understand Haverman's personal view on the organic life of architectonic constructions. "Invisible City" showed some of his finest drawings and "TOFUDS", handmade 3D models of alternative development options for existing cities.
EXPOSITION: INVISIBLE CITY
ARTISTS: Alexa Meyerman, Frank Havermans, NL architects
LOCATION: GM8, Gabriel Metsustraat 8, Amsterdam
DATE: May 10 – June 19 2014