For the Display visual artist Laurent Malherbe will present a new edition out of the Lech Premium series.
The earliest known writings on architecture are from Vitrivius, a Roman architect, writer and engineer who was born approximately 70 years BC. In his book De Architectura he asserts that a construction must exhibit the three qualities of solidity, usefulness and beauty in equal measures. None of these three qualities firmitas, utilitas and venustas should dominate any of the other two.
None of these assertions are applicable on the works of Malherbe. His architectural structures are made in a rough and sketchy manner and are usually invented there where they will be created and exhibited. Imperfections and temporary makeshifts are staged in these inconspicuous and nondescript spaces. Malherbe’s latest works, a series of constructions that are titled Lech Premium, read like set-props in a tragicomedy on eternal refurbishment headaches.
Lech Premium, a Polish brand of beer, is the name of an imaginary folly that will never be visible in its entirety but only in segments at different locations.
Burgemeester Kessenplein 1, 6431 KM, Hoensbroek (NL)tags: DISPLAY / exhibition / public space category: 2016 / archive / Heerlen / Hoensbroek supported by: Woonpunt / Mondriaan Fonds / Brand Cultuurfonds / Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds / Cultuurparticipatiefonds