Serbian artist Nikola Olic (b. 1974) reimagines environments as disorientating and dimensionless. Inviting the viewer to examine these decontextualised structures, the images reflect upon the enduring relevance of architecture in terms of personal and collective histories. Each composition is both an abstraction of urbanity and a reinterpretation of the spaces which play host to contemporary lifestyles. Olic mystifies recognisable surroundings, translating them into playgrounds that seem at once geometric yet also organic through the repetitive motion of shapes and colours. The featured photographs present a diversity of locations from Texas to Japan, and include portions of buildings – alienated details from a range of design eras. Brutalist concrete flows concurrently with glass from corporate office blocks, acting as an argument for both anonymity and a synergy between past and present.
Francois Ollivier’s approach is based on wandering and accepting the impromptu, magnifying the most common things into the poignant or magnificent.
A New Perspective
Sensing Spaces sees seven international architecture practices transform the Royal Academy into a multi-sensory experience with site-specific installations.