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Published on March 6th, 2015 | by Vincent Jobse
Blueprint: Alex Chinneck’s Building Illusions
Blueprint Magazine with the work of Alex Chinneck of the cover. Chinneck is one of the most surprising young artists of Europe.
Chinneck not only has mindblowing ideas, he knows how to achieve them as well. The young artist ‘wows’ people with his magical, ambitious work. Still young, only in his early thirties, Alex Chinneck (1984) already has an impressive body of work.
Like his early work Telling the Truth Through False Teeth (2012), where the artist used 1248 pieces of glass to create 312 identically smashed windows across the derelict facade of a factory in Hackney. From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes (2013, Margate) where Chinneck created the illusion that the entire facade of house had slid into the garden. And A Pound of Flesh for 50P, the house that melted before the eyes of thousands of commuters, entirely made of wax. In 30 days the complete project had disappeared.
Blueprint catches up with the young and ambitious artist who combines architecture with a whole lot of illusionism.
Also in the new issue: a look at Grimshaw’s long-awaited Fulton Center transit hub in New York and a new library by Lisbon-based architect Miguel Erruda in the Portuguese town of Vila Franca de Xira. A behind-the-scenes look at the model archives of London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum and a preview of the pavilions at this year’s Milan Expo 2015, including Britain’s offering from artist Wolfgang Buttress. Norman Foster on his many trips to Cuba that inspired a new book on classical American automobiles and the architecture of Havana, and Dutch illustrator and Miffy creator Dick Bruna, Mies van der Rohe’s grandson Dirk Lohan, the Moscow Urban Forum and Nicholas Grimshaw as he revisits the Eden Project.