Homes / Houses is inspired by drawings of houses made by children. Kajmak challenges the notions that there is a 'correct' or 'wrong' sense of perspective. As an alternative mode of architecture, the emotional-structures of children-drawn-houses are converted into maquettes. The exhibition is the transformation of this thought-experiment into a physical set of model houses, resulting in a neighbourhood made of children's imagination.
Kajmak points out that the usage of a vanishing point in geometrical perspective creates a pessimistic dead end as figures and houses become smaller and ultimately vanish. In contrast, a child's drawing disregards the need for structural integrity and three dimensional accuracy, and opts for a more emotionally-charged representation—much like the tendency of paintings from antiquity to enlarge figures based upon their hierarchical or spiritual significance.
Boris Kajmak (b. 1980 Croatia) is an interdisciplinary artist whose works explore social realms through material, play and language. He treats value systems as if they are found objects. His conceptual approach has generated sculpture, design and architectural pieces that have been exhibited internationally since 1999. After graduating in printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Mostar (BIH) in 2004, he obtained a Masters in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2005, London (UK). He currently lives and works in Berlin.
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