Sem Título (Casa das Canoas), 2003
Como, Italy, 1969; lives and works in Milan, Italy
Untitled (Casa das Canoas, # 9), 2003
Untitled (Casa das Canoas, # 12), 2003
Untitled (Casa das Canoas, # 13), 2003
Luisa Lambris work consists of photographs of great works of architecture of the modern era. But she is neither a documentarian, nor a specialist in architecture, nor even, exactly, a photographer, even though she has mastered each of these practices and emulated their strategies. Her work is not about the architecture per se: we do not see a building as a whole; we know nothing of the floor plan; her spaces are not occupied. Lambris terrain is perception: light and its effects on the senses; shape, line, volume, and their interaction; the relationship of inside and outside, and of culture and nature. As such, she brings the classic interests of modern abstraction to a contemporary viewpoint, connecting her most directly to lineages of modern painting and postwar environmental sculpture. Her work has used as its subject matter architecture by such modern masters as Konstantin Melnikov, Rudolf Schindler, Luis Barragán and Philip Johnson. The photographs on display were all shot in Brazil and are all the work of Oscar Niemeyer.