ART FOR MODERN ARCHITECTURE - Österreichische Zeitung, 2015

Photo: Elodie Grethen | TBA21, 2018

Paper clips onto vintage newspapers front pages
46 x 31.3 cm
54.5 x 39.6 x 3.9 cm (framed)

Art for Modern Architecture is a series of collages on vintage newspapers.

Between 2005 and 2007, Marine Hugonnier developed a series of collages made out of cut-outs taken from Ellsworth Kelly’s book, Line, Form, Color which she pasted onto the front pages of newspapers. Kelly claimed that art should be made for public spaces and buildings, thus establishing the modernist utilitarian project of art serving modern architecture and public spaces. This project renewed Kelly’s ideas and re-elaborated them within another medium, that of a newspaper, the ‘architecture’ which frames daily life.

The first installation of Hugonnier’s Art For Modern Architecture was in 2005, and also featured Kelly’s book as part of the exhibition. The same book was later re-exhibited along the Al-Ayam series (the national newspaper from Palestine) at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, curated by Robert Storr.

Since 2009 the series has developed further, no longer featuring cut-outs from Kelly’s book but Hugonnier’s own silkscreened colour blocks. The colours she is now using are the ones of a standard Kodak color chart. These colors blue, cyan, green, yellow, red, magenta and black are the standard ones used in photomechanical reproduction. The artist thus formalizes an image in potential, recalling the viewer’s memory and a collective consciousness. This "coverage" principal therefore works as an open door to a cultural and emotional ground.

Beyond the beauty of the printed page and the precise geometric compositions, the essence of these works lies in the anachronism established between the present time of the collages and the past time of the documents. By covering the images of the newspapers and breaking their narrative structure and temporality, Hugonnier investigates the reality of the spectator’s memory, whether it is a cultural ground or an imaginary landscape.

Since 2009 Hugonnier has also started working on 20th Century historic reviews with newspapers from the UK (The Guardian), the US (The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and many others), Spain (all newspapers across Spain), Brazil (O Globo, O Estado de Sao Paolo, Folha do Sao Paolo) featuring events spanning from the end of the Second World War up until today. She has been working on specific events from other countries (Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Russia etc). The project is still in progress and once completed will be published in a book.