‘Carlos Garaicoa, The Politics and Poetics of Space’ by Work In Progress
Opinion by Richard Baird.
The exhibition ‘Carlos Garaicoa, The Politics and Poetics of Space’ brought to light and incorporates several different stories. It explored the city as a place people live and reside. It talked of the buildings that were founded on power and political ideologies. And of the ruins of those that enjoyed a former greatness or were too troubled to ever see completion. The exhibition featured a variety of art forms and techniques. These were unified by the theme of architectural perspective, which was then explored throughout graphic identity, designed by Work In Progress, using constructed points of view.
The theme of architectural perspective and the concept of constructed and implied viewpoints is explored in a number of ways throughout the exhibition’s communications. The theme and concept is intelligible, and in its expression serves as a clear unifying visual language to connect title cards, leaflets and exhibition graphics. These included italics and reverse italics. The suggestion of light and shadow. A play with positive and negative space. Vinyl applied to either side of glass to create shadow between, a particular highlight. The intersection of modern graphics and enduring interior architecture. And an implied dimensionality that plays with perception, hinting at depth and space where there was none.
Simple gestures such as architectural planes created from the diagonal cutting and layering of papers bring a distinctive and material quality to the work. Drawing on Carlos Garaicoa’s own inspirations and voice, by sampling colour from his work and referencing his architectural drawings and archival imagery, Work In Progress layer the broader concept of perspectives with a very personal quality.
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