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Come See Architecture's 'Melancholy' and 'Lifeless Neutrality'

Proving once again how fertile the crossroads between architecture and art can be—particularly in examining loneliness—a Netherlands-based artist named Cécile van Hanja has made a name for herself by capturing corridors, waiting rooms, and staircases found in classic modernist architecture. Indeed her serene, high-chroma paintings, many of which are inspired by the works of color-eschewing minimalist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, blur away the details, focusing instead on the intersecting geometric planes. Why? To look upon the "melancholy airless and lifeless neutrality of so many contemporary man-made spaces," of course. In literally coloring in stark, isolating architectural spaces, van Hanja hopes to get people to "consider the politics of buildings and the responsibility of architects in creating these economic spaces."

More of van Hanja's work at Design Milk, this way.

· Architectural Paintings by Cécile van Hanja [Design Milk]
· Cécile van Hanja [Saatchi Online]