MFAH art opening: Pablo Bronstein: We Live in Mannerist Times
Artist Pablo Bronstein uses architecture as a means to engage with the power of history, monuments and the built environment. Adopting the styles of a historical spectrum of architects and movements, from Neoclassical designer Sir John Soane to Modern master Aldo Rossi, Bronstein creates elaborate drawings of structures and devices that serve as plausible inventions. His art both pays homage to and critiques the iconic emblems of architectural legacy.
Born in Argentina in 1977, Bronstein lives and works in London. He draws inspiration from machines developed and used during the Industrial Revolution to manufacture mass-produced goods, as well as for fine porcelain objects.
We Live in Mannerist Times showcases a series of Bronstein's monumental line drawings and delicate architectural renderings. In this installation, detailed black-on-white drawings printed on vinyl stretch from ceiling to floor, forming a two-dimensional architecture. Inspired by late-18th- and early-19th-century renderings, the cast-iron columns and beams depicted recall Liverpool Street Station in London. They comprise a sequence of images of machines and details, many derived from the steam engine, which was the most advanced technology of the time.
On view through Aug. 23.