I’m interested in things failing, in the beauty of failure, and the fall in general (Cyprien Gaillard, excerpt from an interview on Interview Magazine – 2009)
In 2005 French artist Cyprien Gaillard started working with seamless montages of post-war housing blocks and 17th Century Dutch picturesque etchings. What is today almost a visual cliché (as many artists and architects have explored this kind of associations) was then a relatively new concept, and it was titled ‘Belief in the Age of Disbelief‘.
The concrete structures, looking either as stark medieval fortresses or ruins from a post-apocalyptic time, are nowadays symbolically related to urban decay and criminality despite their utopian modernist origins and thus they contrast deeply with the idyllic backdrop of Dutch rural landscapes. To evoke the relationship between romanticism and decay, as well as architecture’s inherent communicative power are the purposes of the artist, who evokes the work of 18th Century ruin artist Hubert Robert in order to materialize the aphorism of Denis Diderot for whom “One must ruin a palace to make it an object of interest“.
Hard and soft, by Timotheus Vermeulen on Notes on Meta Modernism
Cyprien Gaillard at MAC/VAL
Cyprien Gaillard at Gladstone Gallery
Cyprien Gaillard at Bugada & Cargnel
Exhibition: ‘You Are Here: Architecture And Experience’ At Carnegie Museum Of Art, Pittsburgh, an article by Marcus Bunyan on ArtBlant