(3-colour hand-printed photo litho)
“My ambition is not simply to build architecturally, but to build socialistically as well.” [Berthold Lubetkin, architect, who designed Cranbrook Estate]
The Geometry of Living series, inspired initially by the Cranbrook Estate in Bethnal Green, London (but as well many others), contemplate functionality of the modern estate architecture. It is a reflection on the relatively rapid transformation of modernist housing architecture - from grand social ideology and middle class dream housing in the sixties into, only half a century later, council estates populated by the poorest fraction of society, which very often become crime and drug hotspots.
The Geometry of Living is a project that I have been working on and off for around eight months. There are four main stages, which include: etching, aquatint, reduction linocut and the final litho prints. Please visit links below to view the previous phases:
etchings + sketches: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Geometry-of-Living-Towers/6909553
etching and aquatint: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Geometry-of-Living-Towers/7644681
reduction linocut: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Geometry-of-Living-Housing-Estate/6881883
All prints were printed using hand operated Harry F Rochat Offset Litho press:
The Geometry of Living - Towers 1, 2 & 3 @ University of East London Degree Show 2013:
The original etchings were enlarged (140x70cm each) and repeatedly screen printed onto the wall as part of the installation.