°Zaragoza (ES), 1972 | lives in Rotterdam (NL)
The Spanish artist Lara Almarcegui has built up a consistent oeuvre that revolves round her fascination for places that evade the designs of architects and urban planners. She presents her study of pieces of waste land, crumbling houses and allotments in the form of installations, guides, maps and photos. Her work focuses on the physical material of our civilisation, the post-industrial landscape, the bricks and cement of buildings, towns and cities, the uppermost layer of the earth’s crust. Almarcegui defies the widespread presence of design and planning in urban environments and embraces chance, the parallel experience of time and the spontaneous impulses that some places generate and embody.
As an artist – and ‘archaeologist of the present’ – Almarcegui combines social commitment with a conceptual approach. For TRACK she is creating a new installation on the piece of wasteland at the Gasmeter site, a nineteenth-century industrial zone that will soon make way for a modern district of housing and business premises. She calculated the exact amount of concrete that was used for the construction of the office building used for Ghent city council’s Festivities Department on Gasmeterlaan, a typically anonymous piece of architecture from the seventies. She had the equivalent amount of cement dumped to form a monumental 700 cubic-metre mound on the undefined open space next to the building. In this work, Almarcegui offers the visitor an alternative way of seeing a building and experiencing architecture.
Gasmetersite, via Opgeëistenlaan 455
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