Building Backwards

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 48 mins
Dutch artist Rob Voerman discusses his work, which tests the boundaries of both sculpture and architecture. The lecture coincides with Voerman's exhibition 'Bad Buildings, Good Spaces' in the AA Gallery and his specially commissioned piece Annex #4 in Bedford Square. Voerman's pieces reference the architecture of sheds and farm buildings, transforming function by undermining it. They illustrate his fascination with creating the architecture of fictional communities inhabiting remote areas away from the imposed order of towns and cities. Voermans new dwellings consist of a mixture of 'utopia, destruction and beauty'. This new architecture combines the romanticism of the log cabin with its antithesis: the implied malevolence of the Unabombers cabin. Voerman's work can be seen as a reaction to the overly ordered nature of Dutch society, where, as he says, danger, decay, disorder and uncertainty is systematically banned from daily life. Rob Voerman studied sculpture at the Art Academy, Kampen. His work has featured in numerous solo and group shows internationally.

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