Jan Kempenaer – Spomenik Series
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Spomenik – Jan Kempenaer
The recent trend in constructing imaginary buildings using photo-realistic montage techniques begged Dataisnature to ask whether the structures in Jan Kempenaer’s photographs of Yugoslavian Communist monuments were actually real at first. His Spomenik (literally ‘monument’) series presents, what seems like, alien architectures, large scale concrete wildstyle extrusions, solidified archigramesque pods and geometric military forts. All appear outlandish in their forgotten and dilapidate state. Disconnected from time, they could all be contenders for the setting of conjectural film version of Borge’s elliptical story ‘The Circular Ruins’.