Nicolas Grenier, Communautés unies / United Communities, Galerie Art Mur, Montreal. April 30 – June 18, 2011
James D. Campbell
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Montreal Nicolas Grenier, Communautés unies / United Communities, Galerie Art Mur, Montreal. April 30 – June 18, 2011 Nicolas Grenier births the architectural Uncanny with extraordinary thematic consistency and finesse in the works exhibited here—and succeeds in a stellar haunting of the built world, with inbuilt lessons for the future.His United Communities proposes a pristine and radiant—say better, radioactive—architecture situated somewhere between utopia and dystopia, between abodes of outrageous affluence and the taxonomy of ‘perfect’ slum dwellings and housing for the poor. Migrant Workers Are Accommodated Directly in the Fields and Share Communal Apartments Designed in a Spirit of Social Equality is like a isometric diagram of George Lucas’ cinematic dystopia THX 1138 (1971), with the presiding architect Le Corbusier co-opted as robotic flic or Big Brother on the design side. Or consider Vertically Integrated Socialism, with its brilliantly rendered belowground “inclusivity apartments” for impoverished subjects, which speaks so much of an asphyxiating order of control, a totalitarian universe undreamt of by Stalin. The idea of an “architectural uncanny” was developed by architectural historian Anthony Vidler in his attempt to relate how our understanding of architecture is often pervaded by and implicit in complex, unfathomable and even threatening personal existential experiences. His concepts build upon Sigmund Freud’s classic 1919 essay on the uncanny, explaining how the German word unheimlich, of “un-homely,” effectively embodies the sensation of the uncanny as being estranged from the comforts of home. Grenier gives us homes, the putative comforts of which are themselves uncanny and imaginatively grounds us within them.1 The radioactive palette heightens our sense of exposure. Alongside Vidler’s uncanny, Grenier’s work can be fruitfully explored in terms of Marc Augé’s notion of non-place and the central tenets of the totalitarian state in Yevgeny...
|Auteur :||James D. Campbell|
|Ouvrage recensé :||Nicolas Grenier, Communautés unies / United Communities, Galerie Art Mur, Montreal. April 30 – June 18, 2011|
|Revue :||ETC, Numéro 94, octobre-novembre-décembre 2011, janvier 2012, p. 58-61|
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