Landscapes of the Hyperreal, Montreal, Canada, 2015

In “Landscapes of the Hyperreal: Ábalos & Herreros selected by SOIL,” Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg mine the archives of the Canadian Center for Architecture to offer a new perspective of the processes and products that compose the Spanish firm’s body of work. In the exhibition, SOIL unearths a method of assemblage that allowed Ábalos & Herreros to develop landscapes with distinct architectural vocabularies and explore visual references unorthodox to the discipline.

With a complementary installation, SOIL provides visitors with an experiential parallel to the perceived artificiality of Ábalos & Herreros’ landscapes. Archival materials seemingly hover in glass casework whose very framework dissolves against a carpet of saturated hues. The patch-worked carpet was inspired by German artist Gerhard Richter’s Carpet “1025 Farben” which was used in the design of an exhibition by Ábalos & Herreros for the Third Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism (Madrid, 1996–97).

Canadian Center for Architecture

Montreal, Canada

Completed, 2015

Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou, Lucie Rebeyrol and Molly Minot-Hubley

Landscapes of the Hyperreal, Aerial view
Landscapes of the Hyperreal, Installation view
Landscapes of the Hyperreal, Installation view
Landscapes of the Hyperreal, Glass casework