A while back the Hong Kong firm Davidclovers showed some recent work at the Sci-Arch Gallery, most of it fabrication studies in concrete and corian. Even though the installation is long gone, we think the photographs are worth another look. Call it one of our 10 Best picks for 2010, although we can’t possibly be bothered to come up with the other nine.
Most recent installation work by architects hangs limply on one of a few crutches: heavy repetition with the hope it will achieve escape velocity beyond the relentless and into the fantastic; or cozy visual associations with biological monstosities that end up looking like second rate horror effects (with none of that genre’s sense of humor or squirmy self-conciousness [or radical politics or soft-core sexuality]). Immuring, instead, rolls around in the dirt with architectural convention — windows, doors, walls, thickness, mass — and emerges with something original and provactive. Typical of Davidclover’s work, the craft is imppecable. It’s, you know, fresh old school.