Capture

(2018)

This piece of installation character is oriented to critically stress the physical space of the gallery, as an expression of the modern architectural project installed by Le Corbusier at the beginning of the 20th century. Modern architecture is conceived by Edward Butler as a form of design that "divided the environment between the natural and the artifact", in a process of naturalization of its alienating apparatus. Bernd Herzogenrath, in his introduction to Butler's text, states that “In keeping with traditional Western philosophy and science, modern architecture tended to equate the improvement of the human condition with the harmonization of the global flow. Space, in this spirit of social design, was based on the idea of ​​free movement and the desire to relieve the body through it. The Cartesianism inherent within these disciplines presupposed an ocular-centric relationship between the human body and the environment as two different elements in communication: the perceiver and the perceived. The human body, as a perceiver, assumes a central perspective in relation to the environment, while the latter, as perceived, is "simply there before us."

 

In the work, the idea of ​​the cube, in its Cartesian logic (screen, box, page) is a device that arranges the relationship of the body with space, through the exclusion / inclusion of the landscape / ecosystem. In the middle of the cube of Plexiglas - a favorite material in architecture schools for its  synthetic and transparent condition - there is a "piece of nature", which can only survive sustainably in the gallery space because it is hermetically isolated from the architectural space, thus preserving its own atmosphere and humidity, a cube within a cube. The piece of moss, of the Sphagnum type (among others) was collected from the shores of Loch Rannoch, in the Scottish highlands. The piece was presented in the group show titled Blackwoods at Patriot hall gallery in May 2018.