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Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawing of Buildings Hardcover – October 31, 2012
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"...unabashedly embraces the imaginary, the whimsical, even the irrational (Gaudi would fit right in)." - Alison Arieff, The New York Times
"For anyone who cares about buildings and the spaces that we inhabit both literally and figuratively, this book is an awesome journey to embark upon." - Stephen Hren, The Huffington Post
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Based in Brooklyn, New York, Matt Bua is an installation artist who makes small-scale improvised buildings. His recent work tries to redefine and reimagine architecture. He has shown work internationally at various exhibitions and public spaces.
Maximilian Goldfarb is an interdisciplinary artist, producing site-derived works in various media. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions.
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There is much fertile ground from both Bua and Goldfarb for these seeds to sprout. Matt has been developing improvised and spontaneous buildings on his wooded lot in the Catskill mountains, a project he calls b-home, and something I profiled two years back in my book Tales from the Sustainable Underground. He works with whomever will come up, artists from New York and nearby and far away, using a mix of nature and discarded civilizational detritus -- for example, cellophane ads from bus stops mixed with lumber drops from a local mill and the trees and rocks of the forest -- to create these spontaneous structures, helping to redefine how our physical selves, and hence our culture, relates to both waste and nature.
Max has organized the exhibition Bivouac, among others, focusing on works that materialize in the territory between model and dwelling, drawing together an uneasy community of expeditionary artists whose works often approximate habitable structures, serving as prototypical responses to aggravated social conditions.
Over the last few years, they have asked friends and acquaintances -- builders, artists, architects, visionaries and laymen -- to conjure up an image of a building that might exist in the future. The result is a fantastic meld of the dystopian with the techno-sustainable, the dark, engorged dream of the past with the glittering blades of a future spinning out into the far reaches of space and mind. For anyone who cares about buildings and the spaces that we inhabit both literally and figuratively, this book is an awesome journey to embark upon.
Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawing of Buildings