Opening tonight, February 20, at 6:00pm PST at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, Iwan Baan‘s ‘The Way We Live’ exhibition features captivating large-scale images of urban, architectural, and home environments that capture Baan’s singular vision. Baan’s artistic practice examines how we live and interact with architecture, focusing on the human element, which brings buildings, intersections, and public gathering places to life. Running until April 13, this is Baan’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. More information after the break.
Baan’s work exists at a critical juncture between architectural photography and sociocultural inquiry at a time when urbanization is a driving force behind human evolution. His images examine the choices we make through construction and building, whether it be sectioning off tracts of impoverished urban sprawl with massive traffic interchanges, reintegrating purposeful gathering areas into large-scale public buildings, or living in housing that stretches the boundaries of how a community functions. Taken as a whole, his artwork examines each subject in depth, capturing a site’s essence through a spectrum of images ranging from sweeping aerial overviews to intimate one-on-one moments.
For The Way We Live, Perry Rubenstein’s East Gallery will feature a selection of large-scale images spanning the last eight years. The exhibition will offer a balanced overview of Baan’s work, represented by images from more than a dozen of his most dynamic projects. Among the artist’s earliest projects, Tokyo #1 (2006) was created to celebrate the opening of Toyo Ito’s groundbreaking Mikimoto Ginza 2 building in Tokyo, Japan. A contemplative figure in traditional dress peers out from one of the slick building’s boulder-shaped corner windows, perfectly capturing the city’s complex interplay of high-technology and ancient tradition. Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House exists at the intersection of old and new China, where massive futuristic buildings are still built largely by hand. Baan’s image of opera patrons on the inaugural evening, gazing out from seats hovering against a luminous gold interior, calls into question how these ambitious expressions of China’s growth link back to the world outside
The West Gallery will feature an in-depth presentation centered around Baan’s Golden Lion Award-winning project on the Torre David in Caracas, Venezuela. When a forty-five-story office skyscraper project stalled in 1993 due to lack of funds, locals began moving into the building. Through its slow conversion into a highly organized and successfully self-governed communal living space, the Torre David became a testament to the ingenuity of the neighborhood’s residents. Images such as Torre David #2 (2011), an upward-looking shot of the building’s oculus with homemade window coverings marking different tenants’ living quarters, depict how residents crafted unique personal living spaces out of a partially constructed concrete shell.
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