• Natalie Guy

Natalie Guy’s installation 'Pool Party' extends her series of inquisitions into the tailings of modernist architecture, and design more broadly. Though much modernist architecture has been assailed by the disruptive urges of post-modernity, modernism, like painting, persists à la Mark Twain whose famous quote ”rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated” signaled the imagined, even hoped for, demise of vital and enduring entities.

Fortunately, magnificent examples of Le Corbusier not only survive, but reveal their omnipotence in the face of abandonment and mis-understanding. Natalie Guy’s time in Chandigarh allowed her to immerse herself, not only in a building of Corbusier, but rather in an entire civic complex. Andrew Jensen

"The architectural historian Charles Jencks in his book 'The Language of Post-Modern Architecture' called the destruction of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St Louis, USA “the day Modern architecture died”. But modern architecture hasn’t died in many places and Chandigarh in India is one of those places. Built during the 1950 and 1960s it is unique because it was designed by key modernist architects Le Corbusier, Jane Drew, Pierre Jeanneret and Maxwell Fry. All aspects of the city were planned from the well-known Le Corbusier designed civic buildings such as the Legislative Assembly to commercial hubs, housing, parks and educational facilities. The amount of still existing late modernist architecture is astonishing. Some of this architecture is derelict, but it is not abandoned, it is populated and used, it is lived in and worked in."
Natalie Guy

This presentation by Natalie Guy is a reflection of her provisional year of doctoral study at Elam.

A large corresponding outdoor work, 'The Pool', will be presented at 'Sculpture on the Gulf' in March 2019.

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