MONTRÉAL – Canadian architect and sculptor David Umemoto recently revealed a collection of sculptures resembling characteristics of the brutalist architecture movement. Umemoto prefers to define his work as primitive, explaining: ‘I’m really inspired by the ancient arts and architecture from the Americas, Polynesia and Africa. I like the way they used arts as a language, a scripture, a code, a way to communicate with nature and the outer world. Their composition uses very basic geometry and symmetry and repetitive patterns.’
After compiling recurring modules using a system of carefully regulated casts, Umemoto choreographs these into sculptural arrangements. Formed entirely from concrete, the modules expose the rawness of the unrefined material. Each of the forms can be interconnected, disconnected and rearranged to generate an endless array of artistic compositions, resulting in a constant state of transformation.
Within the sculptural profiles, architectural gestures can be found and notions of spatial quality explored. With resemblance to architectural scale models, it is easy to perceive what it could feel like to move through the spaces created and how these diverse forms could be attuned to the scale of a piece of furniture, a building or even an urban landscape.