Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Current Day Primitive Huts

The concept of a primitive hut by Jones and Phau can be seen in the world around us today. These huts often have design purposes to intrigue the viewer, or the function as homes for families. Here are a few examples of these versions of the primitive hut.

Carapace by Brian Jungen (2009)
Made of industrial waste bins.
The artist uses mass produced goods to make sculptures that express feelings and themes of traditional Native art in a fun, quirky, yet interpretive fashion.

Local township called Imizamo Yethu located in the Hout Bay area in Cape Town, South Africa. 

'Imizamo Yethu began as an informal squatter camp for the black population in Hout Bay who could not afford, and (as a consequence of the apartheid government) were not allowed, to purchase housing in the area. In 1989 the local government was forced to demarcate an area in which black residents were allowed to build temporary shelters. This modest original population has rapidly expanded to over 30 000 people since its inception…. The resourceful spirits of the residents resulted in the construction of make-shift shelters, store fronts and community centers. Local entreprenures took advantage of the prefabricated and durable nature of inexpensive shipping containers to house businesses such as food stalls, convenient and clothing stores, craft sales, restaurants and beauty salons...'

"Brian Jungen, Selected Works." Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort. N.p., 2009. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. <http://nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/jungen/works.html>.

Photographs and quoted paragraph from Anna Longrigg

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