TAMARA STOFFERS / Color Blocking Blokowisko / within the artist residence
Color Blocking Blokowisko
within the artist residence
18.06.2019 / 5 pm
19 – 27.06.2019
10 am – 6 pm
Centre for Creative Activities / ul. Gen. Zaruskiego 1a /Ustka
Blokowisko is a form of fuctionalist architecture characteristic to a socialist regime. This project is a visual research concerning the exterior adjustments made to the houses, which are in contrast to this original style. Particular attention is paid to the repainting of houses in pastel colors. Is this motivated by aesthetic considerations, or is it done to erase associations of the past?
100 letters have been sent to the residents of the blocks on ul. Legionow in which they were requested to contribute by sharing images of their house while it was still true to the principles of the original architectural style. On top of the photographs the blocks are painted over. By seeing the new color as a layer covering the house instead of a fixed part of the environment, the residents can review the underlying structure.
Through drawings in which the houses are used as part of patterns, as well as the paintings, the artist hopes to awaken new interest towards this unrecognized architectural heritage.
Tamara Stoffers (b. 1996, Zwolle, The Netherlands) is often inspired by images from the past, especially materials from the former USSR. She completed her studies in the department of Fine Arts at Academie Minerva (Groningen, NL) in 2017. Since then she has been dedicated to her artistic parctice as a multidisciplinary artist with an emphasis on collage. Her work was shown in group exhibitions in Rotterdam, Stockholm and Brussels amongst others. Her first solo-exhibition took place in Moscow at the Lumiere Center for Photography under the name ‘The New Past by Tamara Stoffers’.
*Color-blocking is a technique by which through clashing colors the underlying shape is hidden or appears different.