The recently published special issue ”The Architecture is a territory” of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui is dedicated to the work of the architect Remy Marciano. For this issue, the architect was invited to imagine his “dream galery” – a museum on paper where the works of five artists are exhibited. The second one from this collection is the artist Armelle Caron with her work Villes rangées (tidy cities).
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“The territory offers us elegant, understated and indubitably harmonious visuals. So, I go pilfering in an inexhaustible supply”, says Armelle Caron.
The artist, daughter of expats, loves city roaming. Each expedition is an urban opportunity for accumulations of every sort: souvenirs, images, photographs and especially plans and maps. There is nothing obvious, after all, about representing a city, and mapping remains a decidedly subjective exercise.
In her series Villes rangées (tidy cities), Caron wanted to propose another way of looking at great metropolises. By cutting out geographic presentations and scrupulously following the sinuous contours of convoluted streets, she establishes an inventory of the spaces used to make a composition – an alphabet of plots. Through a poetry of order, she reveals the underlying material used to make our cities, i.e., intelligent disorders, source of their sublime riches.