Jesús Vassallo discusses the work of Caruso St John in his recently published book.
Epics in the Everyday: Photography, Architecture, and the Problem of Realism, sets out to write an alternative history of contemporary architecture and documentary photography, through a series of case studies that include Caruso St John's collaborations with Thomas Demand.
Exploring the evolution of the two disciplines Vassallo states both are, "suspended between the fine arts and the utilitarian, and because of this condition they tend to give for granted their relationship with reality: as soon as a building is inhabited, it becomes the backdrop for human drama, just like a photograph, the moment it is taken, is considered an automatic record of whatever was there at the time. Why then the fixation of these architects and photographers with precisely that which makes their art less like art?".
Vassallo is currently touring the book with a series of lectures, which further question the role of the author and perceptions of abstraction and realism.
Adam Caruso contributes a review of Sébastien Marot's 'Taking The Country’s Side, Agriculture and Architecture' to Drawing Matter.
Walsall, United Kingdom
31 March 2021
The Guardian is currently exploring the collections of British institutions, highlighting important artworks. From the New Art Gallery in Walsall, Julie Brown the collection's curator, analyses and celebrates Sally Ryan's sculpture 'The Martinique'.
Caruso St John's Falconhoven apartment building is reviewed in the February edition of Architecture Today. Tom Avermaete explores the project's effect on the city through its materiality, details and references.
Canterbury, United Kingdom
The Architects' Journal has published a detailed building study of Caruso St John's new organ loft for Canterbury Cathedral. The article follows the project from competition entry to construction, with insights from Peter St John and Project Architect, Will Pirkis.
In December's edition of Casabella, Francesco Dal Co discusses the development of Europaallee in central Zurich, focusing on Caruso St John and Bosshard Vaquer's mixed-use building, its neighbour, designed by Graber Pulver, and the influence of modern Milanese architecture on both buildings.