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‘Style, like fashion, goes out of fashion,’ says Will Alsop

Germany Architecture News - Dec 10, 2015 - 13:35   5987 views

all images courtesy of Art and Space Gallery

British architect Will Alsop's new exhibition drastically highlights the avant-garde, colorful, fresh, tasteful and risk-taking approach, presented at the Art and Space Gallery in Munich. This highly-complicated but unstructural canvases derive from unsusal forms and new construction of form/function relationships after deep-seated thoughts including woman figures, flowers, shapes, red wine-which is Alsop's favorite drink, cigar and nested patterns- now on view till February 6, 2016. Titled as ''making life better'', it draws up Alsop's immediacy and spontaneity which comes from his origins in art practice. 

For Will painting is an integral part of designing, helping to discover and explore the ideas which become forms. Function and construction may not exactly be afterthoughts, but their relationship to form is mediated through two processes which were not part of modernist practice.

Recent advances in digital technology have helped to make it possible to build shapes which could not have been constructed with traditional means, a capability which has allowed architecture to transcend its traditional relationship with construction.

William Alsop is 68 years-old born in Northampton. Today, Alsop is Principal of multidisciplinary firm ALL Design, based in Battersea, London. Alsop's architecture and works are always seen as sculptural buildings like a painting because he is always integrating painting to his works and creating an iconic art works, which does not follow any stylistic persona in field of architecture since he rejects ''style'' in general.

William Alsop has been in Royal Academy of Arts in London since 2000, an annus mirabilis (a year of miracle) in which he also won the Stirling Prize for architecture for his Peckham Library and exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He loves being an RA because it allows him to combine his artistic and architectural sides. ‘I have wanted to be an architect since before I knew what an architect was. But I enjoy submitting work to the Summer Exhibition and having it shown in the painting galleries.’

William Alsop is a Professor at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) , London, from 2013; a Professor at the Technical University of Vienna; he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Practitioner by the Ryerson University, Toronto, in 2009. For several years he was a tutor of sculpture at the Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design in London and was Visiting Professor at institutions including the University of Hanover, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the San Francisco Institute of Art.

In June 2009 the well-known American publication Fast Company put Will Alsop in first place among the ten greatest architects universally known for their creative, innovative approach.

The exhibition opened in November 26, 2015 and on view till February 6, 2016 at the Art and Space Gallery in Munich. 

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