Killed in Action (CSH #6, Omega, Richard NEUTRA)

Date: 2009
Medium: Sculpture
Materials: Galvanized sheet metal, Plastic, Wood, Aluminium, Expanding foam
Dimensions: 130 x 210 x 38 cm
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin

Killed in Action (CSH #6, Omega, Richard NEUTRA) is a bas-relief that assembles various recycled materials into a geometric composition. The work is part of a series of ten sculptures modelled on the floor plan of a house. Fascinated by suburban architecture and peri-urban spaces, the artist had already begun to work on the house with New Babylon (2009), a work evoking standardized prefabricated houses. In the series Killed in Action, he creates wall sculptures by taking architectural drawings and transforming them into abstract motifs. These drawings, published by the American magazine Art & Architecture, were part of a programme to build modern, affordable homes for army veterans. Wilfrid Almendra focused on ten unfinished house projects. Their incomplete nature and the fact that the soldiers who were killed in action were never able to come and live there lends these works a certain melancholy while denouncing the architectural utopia that defined the typical Californian house.

Text written by Elise Vassiliadis-Poirey as part of the partnership between the École du Louvre and Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin.



Exhibition

L'intranquilité
CAC Passerelle, Brest (France)
du 05 Oct 2013 au 04 Jan 2014