by Ariadna Zierold
German graphic artist Matthias Jung creates collages of fictional structures that seemingly turn the logic of architecture upside down. On trips around Europe, Asia and North America, Matthias Jung photographs the expansive surroundings and the built structures that occupy the vast landscapes.
Buildings sprout mountains populated by livestock, homes hover in mid-air, and contrasting architectural styles are fused together in strangely harmonious ways like something straight out of a Terry Gilliam movie.
Using these personal pictures, Jung stretches reality by collaging several elements of the images together to form phantasmagoric architectural compositions. The ongoing project sees a dreamlike environment categorized by floating buildings, houses set atop rotating wheels and façades tethered to the earth, hovering somewhere between fiction and reality.
The Cathedral of Strasbourg in France finds itself in the Alaskan landscape, while houses and churches from the cities of Wismar and Stralsund in northeastern Germany are re-situated in the Gobi Desert. He calls his creations ‘architectural short poems’, that aim to visualize another perspective on how we could see the world and live in it.
“The composition of the individual elements correlates to a logic, as if in a dream. In order for my work to function properly, I also have to consider design rules. Thus, the relationship between order/disorder and homogeneity/diversity must agree. A building has to first be stable and credible before I can add some ‘disorder’, to let it fly for example. One such disorder refers to another, only hinting at reality. I weave, so to speak, spiritual realities into everyday things.”