Bon Voyage. Andrei Roiter
Roiter’s work can never be captured in purely formal terms, not even when it is clear that it owes tribute to Russian Constructivism, which ironed out capricious reality with its mathematical play of forms. And although enough references to Malevich emanate via black and red squares, Roiter’s work is less disengaged. He does not produce abstract icons. The subtle meditative character of his sculptures and paintings are closely connected to everyday life.
In his work, Roiter, who studied at the Architecture Institute in Moscow, erects the décor of his own life as a passer-by and lends it the power of metaphor. He has made countless little buildings: scale models of waiting rooms, watchtowers, restrooms, shelters and study rooms. These are fragile structures, manually built from waste materials that may have been found on the streets or may come from his studio or library. They fit together just as irregularly as a provisorily constructed tree hut. Planks and pieces of cardboard may be supported by books, or by photos and jotters. In this way, small nestboxes for dreams of the future and (youth) memories arise on meagre foundations such as a music stand. It is architecture blessed with a character and a soul, and therefore it is also the place of refuge for those driven to internal emigration - the emigration of the heart.
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
- David Coggins, Wilma Sütö
- graphic design
- Bureau Beck
- hardcover | 96 pp | 22 x 28 cm
- 9789460830358 english edition
9789460830365 dutch edition
- € 29.50