Description de l'Égypte, 2013 (detail). © Photograph Delfino Sisto Legnani.
CAMPSCAPES26 November 2013
Inspired by the overblown luxury of the tiger economies—super displays, department stores and retail anthropology—the Campscapes are child-scale, flat-pack architectural model-like assemblages.
The elaborately-decorated Japanese-style screens are loosely shaped around the vertical high-rises of Hong Kong, and are floating on a thundercloud island base. These tax havens have ecologies and rules of their own, an economic, rather than biological, geography. On my islands artificial forms mutate from their genetic decadence, architectures become miniature while accessories, such as shoelaces, become gigantic. The Campscapes re-imagine tiger economies such as Hong Kong as incisive super displays, reflecting the absurdity of their urban planning that revolves entirely around the model of the department store.