The above image of bricks and lego bricks comes from Junk Jet no.2 with no explanation other than an author and title. Dispatchwork by Jan Vormann is architectural grafitti. Like Polish artist Truth’s interventions, it introduces a plastic, modern material into an surface patinated by time. Dispatchwork is like a playful skin graft, rejuvenating a surface that might be taking itself a bit seriously. A new scale of “brick” has been introduced into the surfaces, defamiliarizing and then reintroducing the walls to passers-by. While the introduction of the Lego architectural graffiti is somewhat subversive, it also arguably creates a more perfect surface. A flawlessly smooth wall; an exactly 90 degree corner. And hell, it just looks cool.
If you haven’t got your copy of Junk Jet yet, act fast! Not many were printed and it covers everything from the Infrastructural implications of the Popemobile as put forth by Sam Jacob to the mythic “cybridised architecture” of Neil Spiller, and much, much more (including free architecture tattoos!). Junk Jet will also be included in the exhibition A Few Zines, opening this week.
· Junk Jet [website]
· A Few Zines [Loud Paper]
· Truth’s Architectural Graffiti and Ornament as Crime [LWB]
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- Dr. No, Die Hard, and Deleuze: Mechanical Spaces and Movies
- From Bauhaus to Dollhouse: When Architects Think Small
- Edgar Allan Poe, Design Critic
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- The Abandoned Cathedral
- Design Decoded: Building Better Bricks by Brewing Beer