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Making/Thinking: Artists Build - Models and Drawings about Building by Erwin Heerich

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At the Matthew Architecture Gallery,20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh until 28 November

Erwin Heerich, now in his late 70s, believes that the sculptural element in contemporary architecture is 'stunted - expelled by the primate of technology', writes Andrew Mead. At the Cultural Community Hombroich, on an island in the River Erft near Dusseldorf, he has been able to address this neglect, largely unhindered by functional or programmatic constraints. The series of 'sculptural' brick and glass pavilions which he has built there since the early 1980s were seen two years ago in a riba exhibition (aj 31.7.97). Art works from many different periods and cultures are displayed in them, though one - left empty - is simply a receptacle for space and light.

What this instructive exhibition, curated by Simon Beeson, does is show how firmly rooted these pavilions are in drawing, and how intimately related all Heerich's works are - whether drawings, prints, sculptures, maquettes or buildings. There is a graph-paper precision to everything on display: a quality which persists in Tomas Riehle's photographs of the completed pavilions, where the lush Hombroich landscape is almost incidental.

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