There are many ways to merge the conversations surrounding art and architecture. The two fields are constantly referencing one another in a revolving exchange of ideas. The selection of texts featured in this post review a range of interpretations orbiting the topic of architecture, art and the social and cultural influences that factor in to their experience.
Imagine Architecture: Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm by Lukas Feireiss and Robert Klaten is a relatively new addition to our store. Broken into the categories The House, The Tower, The City and The Ruin, this beautiful book showcases a compilation of sculptures, paintings, illustrations and photographs that explore these different characteristics of architecture. The collection provides a comprehensive syllabus on the studies of contemporary visual practices and the built environment and is supplemented with numerous images of highlighted works. As a brief aside, this book also features work by our fantastic colleague, Daniel Baird.
Next in our line-up we have Playing at Home: The House in Contemporary Art by Gill Perry. This book focuses on our conceptions of house and home. Exploring categories like Mobile Home and Haunted House, Perry incorporates issues of race, gender and class in her discussion on how we relate to houses and the idea of home. Backing her insights, Perry draws from the work of artists, philosophers and cultural theorists to build her analysis.
This last gem is a catalogue from a group exhibition Ruffneck Constructivists curated by Kara Walker at Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Walker takes the idea of architecture in a different direction by asking the question, "What are the clues to understanding architectural spaces that are shaped through hardcore experiences of being 'raced'?"
A play on both the "Russian Constructivists" and F.T. Marinetti's "Futurist Manifesto", the exhibition thoughtfully addresses the tensions between urban spaces and the identity of the Ruffneck and how these space have been reconstructed and redefined through a resourceful resistance.