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The language of architecture

For Garaicoa, architecture embodies a rationalist philosophy and dry conceptualist system yet, at the same time, provides a site for memory, emotion and imagination.

Documenta 11, 2002, was the moment when Garaicoa discovered the language of model making. However Carlos Garaicoa’s models are not dry architectural models, instead he has explored ways of making this language more human and warmer and more sculptural. In a recent interview he likened this to the way in which he constructs his drawings. The drawings have their roots in mathematics but working with these mathematical relationships he arrives at something more accessible.

In the following video clip Carlos Garaicoa discusses the idea of architecture as a language. With particular reference to Letter to the Censors, he explores his working practice and the meaning of this language in the context of his work.

The language of architecture

Carlos Garaicoa
3 mins 09 seconds

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Early in his career there was a moment when Carlos Garaicoa signed his name ‘Carlos Garaicoa, ArquitectoCarlos Garaicoa quoted by Marc Spiegler in Artnews, March 2005, p. 98

In addition to his fascination with the language of architecture, the notion of the architect also brings with it the idea of a more collaborative way of working. Carlos has had a large well organised studio for many years, given the number and scale of projects he is involved in, this way of working arose largely out of necessity. He employs architects, model makers, sculptors and designers in the production of his works. Garaicoa has said that he is not attached to the idea that he must physically make every element in his work, however he does pay attention to the details and there are some elements which he cannot delegate in particular his photographs and his drawings.

In the following video clip Garaicoa reflects on his role as one analogous to that of an ‘artistic director’.

The artist as artistic director

Carlos Garaicoa
1 mins 22 seconds

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Campus or the Babel of Knowledge

Carlos Garaicoa
Campus or the Babel of Knowledge (Campus o la Babel Conocimiento) 2002
2 pencil and ink drawings on paper, 1 wood model (with photographs),
1 wood, cardboard, and acrylic model, 2 DVDs
drawing 1: 620 x 2600 mm
drawing 2: 330 x 3600 mm
wood model: 1600 x 800 mm
wood, cardboard, and acrylic model: 2050 x 2050 x 200 mm
© Carlos Garaicoa, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
© Photo: Universes in Universe
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Campus or the Babel of Knowledge

Carlos Garaicoa
Campus or the Babel of Knowledge (Campus o la Babel Conocimiento) 2002
2 pencil and ink drawings on paper, 1 wood model (with photographs), 1 wood, cardboard, and acrylic model, 2 DVDs
drawing 1: 620 x 2600 mm
drawing 2: 330 x 3600 mm
wood model: 1600 x 800 mm
wood, cardboard, and acrylic model: 2050 x 2050 x 200 mm
© Carlos Garaicoa, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
© Photo: Universes in Universe
enlarge


Campus or the Babel of Knowledge

Carlos Garaicoa
Campus or the Babel of Knowledge (Campus o la Babel Conocimiento) 2002
2 pencil and ink drawings on paper, 1 wood model (with photographs), 1 wood, cardboard, and acrylic model, 2 DVDs
drawing 1: 620 x 2600 mm
drawing 2: 330 x 3600 mm
wood model: 1600 x 800 mm
wood, cardboard, and acrylic model: 2050 x 2050 x 200 mm
© Carlos Garaicoa, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
© Photo: Universes in Universe
enlarge