This July, Core Design Gallery presents ROAR a brutalism art exhibition by 15 emerging artists with different style of artworks.
Unlike what its name suggests, Brutalism is far from anything to do with being brutal. In fact, the term is derived from Swiss-born French architect’s “Béton brut”, French for “raw concrete”
The 1950s saw the birth of Brutalism into the architectural world. From the 1950s till the 1970s, Brutalism was adopted as the style of choice in the United Kingdom as communities and the government needed inexpensive design and construction methods to provide government buildings, low-cost housing as well as shopping centers. The appeal of Brutalist architecture, apart from its inexpensive features, is the honesty it portrays. The function of the structure is laid bare for all to see, minus the fanciness and the un-inclusion of any design of no structural relevance. It is raw, direct and very much serious.
Today, this form of architecture is largely unused due to its contrasting public opinion. However, brutalism has found an interesting new home, with inspiring artists adopting this style to create revolutionary artworks.
To truly appreciate Brutalism, one must embrace the raw honesty, brut-honesty if you will, that comes with the style. It is a style that expresses and exposes its structural materials as well as forms on its exterior – emphasizing in the rawness of what you see, without the need to decorate it under a façade.
Take a closer to Brutalism as an art form, and witness the creative endeavors of the Brutalist. Core Design Gallery presents you with ROAR: The Roar of a Brutalist – the latest raw, anomalous and original artworks as presented by 15 emerging local artists, based on the Brutalism style. Bear witness to their different designs and plans, painstakingly research and be marveled as stiff, un-pliable raw materials: concrete, metal, stone and wood are crafted into curious sculptures and intricate installation artworks.
“My heart beats more for a raw, average art, which doesn’t live between sleepy fairy-tale moods and poetry but rather concedes a direct entrance to the fearful, commonplace, splendid and the average grotesque banality in life.”(Max Beckmann)