WILDE GALLERY, BERLIN
Flamingo Beach – Later, 2009
Mixed media, approx. dimensions 300 × 400 cm
EVOL (D) - Flamingo Beach – Later
In 2007, EVOL was approached to create the design for a corridor at the Flamingo Beach Lotel. This infamous art-hotel, which was actually a legalized squat, was based in the Berlin suburb of Neukölln. EVOL’s signature style of architectural commentary achieved a new level of expression with this project, where he had not only to approach a three-dimensional space that was both an installation, but also a functional transitory space. In the summer of 2008, the hotel was closed and the original installation was discarded and returned to surplus. Flamingo Beach – Later, thus reappears as a recollection of the original, now presented as a freestanding sculpture. These spaces, conspicuously devoid of personality or individualism and tarnished with former Eastern bloc idealism and politics act as an ironic canvas upon which EVOL has undeniably asserted his own artistic vision, elevating the mundane to the awe-inspiring and providing the viewer with an inherently original and utterly refreshing perspective of the urban spaces we collectively inhabit. The original installation has been reproduced in the book, Beyond Architecture, edited by Robert Klanten and Lukas Feireiss and published by Gestalten Verlag, 2009. Flamingo Beach Later, was also exhibited this past summer at Ostrale’09 in Dresden.
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