Doug Hall: Plaza de Toros, 2004
C-print, 50" x 63 7/8"
Kevin Appel, Oliver Boberg, Carlos Garaicoa, Ewan Gibbs, Doug Hall, Matthias Hoch, Candida Höfer, Damien Smith, Jessica Snow, Andre Yi
Rena Bransten Gallery will present "ARTitecture", a group exhibition of artists exploring the style, design, construction, and the systematization of elements and processes needed to build. The exhibit consists of works in all media by artists inspired by, observing, mimicking, or pushing the boundaries of how buildings are made, imagined, or documented.
The selected artworks cover many aspects of architectural representation. Kevin Appel draws houses formed by overlapping planes of color; they were shown at MOMA-Queens at the end of 2002 in the exhibition "Drawing Now: Eight Propositions". Oliver Boberg makes intricate models of construction sites complete with partial buildings, pallets of bricks, lumber, construction debris, caution tape, and scaffolding then photographs them. Based in Cuba, Carlos Garaicoa winds thread around wall tacks to form floor plans and architectural drawings of buildings from 3D computer simulations that are based on real calculations for imagined construction. The thread drawings are physically attached to scale models.
Using single repeated circular markings, Ewan Gibbs makes pencil and ink drawings of buildings that appear to be pixilated renderings on graph paper; their intricacy is spellbinding. Candida Höfer, Doug Hall, and Matthias Hoch's color photographs reflect each artist's interest in architectural embellishment, minimalism, or economy in public and private spaces.
Damien Smith's precise pencil drawings of stairwells look like black and white photographs from an "Architectural Digest" article touting the complexity of wall angles in the featured designs. Both Jessica Snow's abstract painting of a city layout with bridges to satellite areas and Andre Yi's paintings of floating buidlings seem to concretize imaginary buildings of either the future or of dreams.
Exhibition: July 22 - August 21, 2004
Gallery hours: Tue-Fri 10:30am - 5:30pm, Sat 11am - 5pm
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