The architectural drawings, the “whims”, the happy fantasies of Sergei Tchoban, portray urban landscapes in which Piranesi meets suspended architectures overlaid as stylistic and temporal additions to historical city settings. The connections, the counterpoints, the layering of languages and volumes are what characterise the series of urban visions on show. Tchoban’s attitude shows his awareness of the need for comparison with the constructed past that every new piece of architecture must necessarily consider.
“One Two Five – Steven Holl”
October 3 – November 16, 2018
Galleria Antonia Jannone
Corso Garibaldi, 125
As such Den-City represents the pictorial work of an architect-builder who finds, in this form of expression, the tool for communicating the objective condition in which to operate as architects: building through overlapping layers rather than taking the late modernist tabula rasa approach.
The addition of architectures and their comparison, as portrayed in this series of fantasy drawings, then finds analogy and validation in the real city: the ‘portraits’ of Macau and Shanghai, Bangkok, Delhi and Tokyo, snapshots of urban landscapes of the present day find their thematic similarities in this layering of symbols and architecture, signs and images.Sergei’s works include pastel sketches inspired by his travels in Asia that capture the density of the urban structure and the inevitable links between ever-changing urban scenes. Using watercolours, china ink and sepia on paper, the artist expresses the singularity of a place including the cultural context of its past, present and future. (M. V.) Catalogue with text of Matteo Vercelloni.