“Architecture Parallax: All Things Considered”
Galeria Virgílio is pleased to announce an exciting and playful exhibition entitled “Architecture Parallax: All Things Considered” by Brazilian architect/artist, based in Canada, Alexander Pilis, opening December 5th and continuing until January 20th, 2018.
This new and unfamiliar installation is constructed as an upside world that reflects the conflicting condition of the metropolis of São Paulo.
Architecture Parallax All Things Considered, displaces the viewer’s position from an architectural familiar experience, to a world in perceptual conflict.
The exhibition is a constructed, upside-down-world that is articulated through two architectural paradigms: The Tower of Babel and the Cluny Monastery. These two utopic models shift and influence the grand architectural map of built forms. The two conflicting architectural models, the Tower of Babel and the Cluny Monastery, one an architectural sin defies the higher order, and the other restores the belief in the higher order. These precedents are built architectural forms that are still with us and reflect our metropolitan conditions. Both are similar in the manner that they are self-sustaining communities and multi-purpose structures as ideal models.
This upside down constructed and conflicting world is represented by a series of colour photographs depicting the city of São Paulo viewed from an upside-down position.
Pilis displaces the viewer’s position as he has constantly done in his previous works in order to raise viewers’ awareness of their own experience and vision; it as an active process to reposition the viewer towards a contemporary point of view and to perceptually consider exactly how the human body navigates space.
The installation explores the grey relationship world between dis·ordinate and in·ordinately. It examines and re-engineers the social fabric of models in disarray employing as metaphors the Tower of Babel and the Cluny monastery, both conflicting, as construct of the metropolis condition of São Paulo.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an article written by Agnaldo Farias and a publication produced specifically for these works.
Alexander Pilis (b. 1954, Rio de Janeiro, lives and works in Montreal) achieved honors, B. Arch at University of Toronto, 1976-81. Pilis is an un-disciplined architectural investigator, artist and curator working under the aegis of Architecture Parallax a methodology that displaces sight as the singular verification of reality. Furthermore, Pilis instigates a multi-media project exploring issues and questions raised by “the blind architect” as a critique of the modernization of vision and the collapse of the depth of field.
Pilis is currently part-time professor in the MFA department at Concordia University and was previously director of the Global Architecture São Paulo Program in the John H. Daniels, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.
Pilis has taught, lectured, delivered workshops and published internationally. He has exhibited at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; 19th - 25th - 28th SP Art Biennial; Tate Modern London, IFA Stuttgart, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Power Plant Toronto, McMaster Museum; Fundació La Caixa BCN; Fundació Tapies; Galeria ADN-BCN; Koffler Gallery Toronto; Joyce Yahouda Montreal; Sir John Soane Museum London; Museum of Installation London.
Pilis is represented by Galeria Virgílio in São Paulo, Brazil.