Ábalos & Herreros constructed landscapes—or, more precisely, assembled them—by crudely juxtaposing a cast of semi-familiar characters. Novel to Spanish architecture in the 1980s, this pragmatic method of appropriation was developed and consistently employed as part of their design process. Borrowing, incorporating and transforming allowed Ábalos&Herreros to absorb the Modernist canon, and to introduce a wide variety of architectural and visual art references. Their language of assemblage is vivid, dynamic and non-dogmatic. The collage here is not only a form of representation, but also a means of production.
The exhibition Landscapes of the Hyperreal: Ábalos&Herreros selected by SO – IL results from guest curators Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu’s focused immersion in the Ábalos&Herreros archives at the CCA. It is part of Out of the Box: Ábalos&Herreros.