Concrete architectural sculptures by Montreal-based architect and sculptor David Umemoto. The works are inspired by Brutalist architecture, a style that became popular with government projects, high-rise housing, and shopping centers and are characterized by their massive, fortress-like appearance usually dominated by exposed concrete construction. Umemoto's sculptures can be decomposed into modular sections that can be reorganized and combined with others to create cities or surreal places. Each one of his creations is composed in whole or in part by elements of previous or subsequent works and seamlessly fits into a conceptual and constructive system that has been thoroughly elaborated.
This scalable modular building system is based on the theory that there is a universal order. Molecules, cycles, ecosystems, the order is the norm and chaos an accident. Everything is connected, organized and structured; it is only a matter of place, time and scale. Thus, we can speak of a cellular system rather than modular elements that not only can be interchanged but also transformed. They obey rules in a rigid frame but with an organic development. The work is therefore an exploration of the patterns and codes, sometimes obvious, sometimes obscure, that govern our environment.