Hybrids merges iconic modern, postmodern, contemporary and traditional examples of architecture into dynamic compositions creating surreal moments of quiet monumentalism. Each collage is superimposed onto a rural landscape photographed during Jahnke’s travels across the back roads of Canada, the US and Europe. The openness of the wide horizon lines allows each artificial construction to play with scale furthering the idea of architecture as a method of control or wonder. By modifying and marrying various architectural styles, Jahnke designs unusual spaces that alter the perception of the original architecture’s function within a new context, where the structure creates a contrasting relationship with the topography. Each photograph is loosely based on a theme; whether it’s a collection of similar types of architecture, such as government buildings with churches, or repetitive architectural elements, as in the distinctly modern triangular pitched roofs, the new geometric forms convey an otherworldly atmosphere. The hybridization of styles speaks to the role globalization plays in architecture as a consumable product within society, drawing attention to concepts behind design as methods of expression, as indicators of social change and as mirrors through which we see ourselves.
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