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luftewerk  
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10/14/14 Posted 10/14/14

For more than ten years, Luftwerk (the creative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero) have created art installations that merge elements of light and video with facets of architecture and design. An opportunity to create a new media exhibit for the centennial celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in 2010 sparked a growing interest in architecture leading to a deeper engagement with space and culturally significant buildings. Luftwerk will have an installation at the Mies van... [more]

Luftwerk in Conversation: Turning Iconic Architecture into Multimedia Installations  
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10/14/14 Posted 10/14/14

For more than ten years, Luftwerk (the creative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero) have created art installations that merge elements of light and video with facets of architecture and design. An opportunity to create a new media exhibit for the centennial celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in 2010 sparked a growing interest in architecture leading to a deeper engagement with space and culturally significant buildings. Luftwerk will have an installation at the Mies van... [more]

Architecture Dramas  
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9/24/14 Posted 10/15/14

My first introduction to performance art that reclaims public and architectural spaces was meeting the brilliantNoemie LaFrance, acclaimed site-specific Choreographer, Director and Producer of Sens Production, in 2003 in New York City. Subsequently I attended her debut work, "Descent" which took place on a spiraling staircase. Having also created a piece on a stairwell that I'd titled the same name, I connected with LaFrance's creative vision. Here is my "Descent" image which I shot in 1999 ato... [more]

The Modernist House That’s Fighting for Its Life on Twitter  
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9/12/14 Posted 9/12/14

Its neighbors are trying to demolish it, but this modernist house in Raleigh, North Carolina is waging its own war... on Twitter Tweet thy neighbor as you would have her tweet you… unless she’s Gail Wiesner. Oakwood Modern House, the fun loving, Craftsman-style referencing, side-facing-front-door-having dream home of Architect/Owner Louis Cherry and his wife Marsha Gordon, has been fighting a now year-old existential battle with its traditionalist neighbor Gail Wiesner, who’... [more]

The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Heidi Norton at Elmhurst Art Museum June 7th - August 24th
Posted 7/24/14

Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge posed by the Elmhurst Art Museum, an institution that purchased van der Rohe’s prototype for suburban life, the McCormick House, in 1992. Chicago-based artist Heid... [more]

Artist Talk with Christopher Mercier  
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7/19/14 Posted 7/10/14

South Bay Contemporary / Zask Gallery 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 151, Rolling Hills Estates, California A r t i s t T a l k July 19th, 4 - 6 pm"Portrait of the Artist" photos by Gloria Plascencia Chris will present his creative process linking his art with his architectural designs, showing images and answering questions. Chris worked as Senior Associate for Frank O Gehry and Associates for 9 years, and worked on some of the industries' m... [more]

The Realized, Unrealized, and Unrealizable: Everything Loose Will Land at the Graham Foundation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Alexander, Carl Andre, Archigram, Michael Asher, Denise Scott Brown, Judy Chicago, Craig Elwood, Frank Gehry, Craig Hodgetts, Andrew Holmes, Coy Howard, Robert Irwin, Peter Kamnitzer, Ray Kappe, Robert Kennard, Alison Knowles, Leonard Koren, Morphosis, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Elizabeth Orr, and others, Peter Pearce, Cesar Pelli, Noah Purifoy, Jeff Raskin, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Miriam Shapiro, Paolo Soleri, L.A. Fine Arts Squad, Bernard Tschumi, James Turrell, Studio Works, Feminist Studio Workshop at Graham Foundation May 1st - July 26th
Posted 7/18/14

In the sprawling exhibition Everything Loose Will Land, currently on view at the Graham Foundation, curator Sylvia Lavin deftly tells the story how the worlds of art, architecture, and urban design came together in fantastical and bizarre ways throughout the 1970s. The title comes from a supposed quotation by Frank Lloyd Wright: “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”[1] The exhibition is packed with architectural models, building plans, sculptures... [more]

Celebrating Uniqueness: Chayo Frank's Wild Styles and Freeform Aesthetics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Chayo Frank at Guccivuitton June 28th - August 9th
Posted 7/17/14

As I left for the infamous Amertec building in Hialeah—a twenty-minute drive from Miami—worrying about the coming rain, a friend warned me: “Check first, the weather’s different there.” Designed by Chayo Frank in 1969, when he was fresh out of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture, the building is a curvy, organelle-shaped, surreally tropical structure. Depending on one’s perspective, it’s a futurist masterpiece or bizarre opus, a work of u... [more]

MUD HOUSE DESIGN 2014 COMPETITION  
Posted 7/7/14

(Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together) Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful. The challenge is to design a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet (approximately 10 x 12 metres) to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. This is the design pr... [more]

Tip the world over on its side to find art and architecture collide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Alexander, Carl Andre, Archigram, Michael Asher, Denise Scott Brown, Judy Chicago, Craig Elwood, Frank Gehry, Craig Hodgetts, Andrew Holmes, Coy Howard, Robert Irwin, Peter Kamnitzer, Ray Kappe, Robert Kennard, Alison Knowles, Leonard Koren, Morphosis, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Elizabeth Orr, and others, Peter Pearce, Cesar Pelli, Noah Purifoy, Jeff Raskin, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Miriam Shapiro, Paolo Soleri, L.A. Fine Arts Squad, Bernard Tschumi, James Turrell, Studio Works, Feminist Studio Workshop at Graham Foundation May 1st - July 26th
Posted 5/9/14

Few objects in Everything Loose Will Land are as they seem. The Graham Foundation in Chicago is the third stop for this show of 1970s art and architecture that characterized the cultural ecology of Los Angeles at the time. The works on display explore space and structure in ways directly influenced by artists’ place and time, their work, in many cases, transforming the conceptual boundaries of design. Curator Sylvia Lavin, Professor of Architectural Theory and History at UCLA, organized the sh... [more]

Antwerp Event Diamonds for Life: a Shining Success  
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4/18/14 Posted 4/18/14

Antwerp Event Diamonds for Life: a Shining Success! A Review on Antwerp’s First Fine Art and Jewelry Fusion Exhibition Lighting the way for the future of fine art and design, TM-ART Fine Arts International hosted an innovative and prosperous charity event at the royal Paleis op de Meir in Antwerp from the 8th to the 13th of February. A great array of visitors marveled at the beautifully composed exhibition of fine art, design and jewelry. The Diamonds for Life (D4L) event raised... [more]

Documenting Impermanence: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gordon Matta-Clark at Galerie Thomas Schulte April 5th - May 17th
Posted 4/16/14

“Why hang things on a wall when the wall itself is so much more a challenging medium?” —Gordon Matta-Clark With the term conceptual art so much a part of our everyday language these days it’s sometimes possible to forget what motivated the early conceptual artists to adopt it. One of the key objectives of conceptual art was to subvert the artwork as a singular unique object, a fetishized commodity suited to ownership and trade. A painted image can be owned, assigned val... [more]

Were the Dadaists Time Travellers? and other questions I’d like to ask Hans Richter   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hans Richter at Martin-Gropius-Bau March 27th - June 30th
Posted 4/2/14

The movie camera – that bastard son of a thousand alchemists, illusionists, inventors, and old showmen – could have been purpose built for the Dadaists and the Surrealists. If it had slipped into obscurity or been written off as gimmick after they had made use of it, its journey into existence could have been said to be worthwhile. It's as if their paths were always destined to cross. In the Hans Richter show Encounters – "From Dada till today" at Martin-Gropius-Bau you can se... [more]

Toronto Canada Skyline At Sunset From The Pape St Bridge  
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1/17/14 Posted 1/17/14

The Toronto Canada skyline just before sunset on a very cold December late afternoon. Photo from the Pape St pedestrian bridge near Pape and Gerrard Sts.Canon EOS 60D body with a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8 DC Macro OS lens. Silver EFEX Pro as a Lightroom plugin for the B&W conversion.Brian CarsonThe Learning Curve Photographywww.twitter.com/learningcurveca [more]

You Can't Pin Women Down: Designing Modern Women 1890-1990   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Anni Albers, Denise Scott Brown, Le Corbusier, Ray Eames, Loïe Fuller, Eileen Gray, April Greiman, Eszter Haraszty, Luba Lukova, Bonnie MacLean, Charlotte Perriand, Lilly Reich, Lucy Rie, Lella Vignelli, Eva Zeisel at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) October 5th, 2013 - October 19th
Posted 1/13/14

Three flat-bottomed brown paper bags, so simple, you could easily pass them by, stand dead center in the Kitchen Transformations section of the Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 exhibit at MoMA. On the adjacent label there are two names, Margaret E. Knight, the woman who patented the machine that made the bags in the 1870s-1880s, and Charles B. Stilwell, who, according to Juliet Kinchin, organizer of the exhibit and curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, made “subtle modifications&rdq... [more]

What the Folk? MoMA Releases Redesign sans American Folk Art Museum  
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1/10/14 Posted 1/10/14

It’s official. The American Folk Art Museum is about to be become folklore. On Wednesday MoMA released its final redesign plans, which, after 6 months of “lengthy and rigorous” analysis, still do not include the 12-year-old folk-art museum that stands between the MoMA mother ship and its condominium tower to the west. The MoMA bought the bronzed museum in 2011 when it ran into financial troubles and most expected the acquisition was in good faith to preserve a flailing bu... [more]


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