Urban Origami

This event has now finished. Until Aug 29 2010

'Crowne Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, USA, Room 4075, Fri, Jul 20, 2007, 12:58' by Gaia Persico 'Crowne Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, USA, Room 4075, Fri, Jul 20, 2007, 12:58' by Gaia Persico - courtesy of the artist and PM Gallery & House

Time Out says  

Posted: Thu Aug 5 2010

For those of you anticipating some cringe-making attempt to rebrand the ancient art of paper-folding for today's 'yoof' market, rest assured - that's 'urban' in its traditional meaning, as in 'pertaining to the city': something that this show does fairly intelligently, though sometimes rather loosely. As for 'origami' - well, that part's slightly more nebulous. Certainly, there are artists here who use paper: most obviously Leo Fitzmaurice, who makes elaborate, city plan-like patterns from old leaflets, or transforms cardboard packaging into neat tiers of tiny buildings; and also Haegue Yang, whose academic-ish video-meditations about the nature of urban spaces - mainly London and her native Seoul - occasionally contain images of coloured, abstract origami shapes.

Beyond that, though, we're into the realm of analogy and metaphor - such as using various other ephemeral or mass-produced objects: scraps of building materials in Jost Münster's case, which he assembles into lo-fi, rectilinear, modernist-inspired sculptures; or, in a slightly more gimmicky version, the numerous tiny computer components which, when dramatically arranged and lit by Jools Johnson, resemble a futuristic cityscape.

Pattern, order, intricate forms - these are the ideas that seem to dominate. The problem is, they're so vague as to justify the inclusion of virtually anything, from the geometric confabulations of Matthew Houlding's architectural maquettes, to Elisa Sighicelli's pulsating video of an illuminated skyscraper facade -works that have more to do with the legacy of modernism, and notions of display, than urbanism per se. In the end, the artist who benefits most from the quirky theme is Gaia Persico, whose installations and drawings are all about folding together discrete areas of urban experience - and who is also, not uncoincidentally, the curator of the show.

PM Gallery & House details


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