Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Hugo Barros

Portuguese collage artist Hugo Barros is surely the closest contemporary successor to the mighty and influential Superstudio, whose iconic imagery initially celebrated but later ridiculed the supposed power of architecture. Barros creates all his images by hand, sifting through thousands of photographs and vintage magazines for his source material. The resulting collages feel like something from an apocalyptic utopia, somewhere between Logan's Run and Zabriskie Point, with strangely naive scenes where children frolic in front of solar storms or sail on rivers of blood, and sightseers relax with an aperitif as the skies around them burn.Like Sun Ra said, "It's after the end of the world...don't you know that yet?"

All images © Hugo Barros