David Umemoto is a Canadian architect and sculptor based in Montréal. His sculptures remind us the series of giant concrete monuments in the former Yugoslavia countryside, or giant brutalist building reduced to cubes that can be combined with others to create cities, or surreal places. His work can be sometimes defined as “primitivism”, since those concrete sculptures could be identified with ancient constructions, old civilizations that could have built it centuries ago.
His artistic approach is highly regulated, codified and rigorous. Each one of his creations seamlessly fits into a conceptual and constructive system that has been thoroughly elaborated. In this system, each work of art is decomposed into modular sections that can then be reorganized and reused to create new works.
Every “module” of all the works can be interconnected physically or conceptually. In this organic process, each work although unique finds itself composed in whole or in part by elements of previous or subsequent works. Thus, the use of techniques for creating “multiples” (such as printmaking, casting or moulding) to create unique pieces is essential to his approach.
Among his main influences, David Umemoto includes music composer Philip Glass and architects Peter Zumthor and LeCorbusier.
David holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture of Université Laval. Over the past 15 years, he has worked on many international projects spanning the fields of Art, Design and Architecture. In 2010 he spent a year in Asia to develop and experiment woodworking, engraving, sculpture and metal casting techniques. That year changed completely his vision about his profession and the creativity around it.