MAK Center Presents:
Schindler Lab, Round One
March 5 - April 24, 2011
Opening Reception on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE
A curator and artist-led walk-through is also offered on Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
As a locus for artistic experimentation, the MAK Center not only preserves R.M. Schindler's landmark home, it seeks to keep his spirit of innovation alive. Schindler Lab launches an ongoing series that pairs a local emerging artist and architect to build complementary installations in the house as a device for expressing their precise, inventive way of seeing Schindler's logic and methods. Projects will be collaborative or in tandem. Artist and architect must have developed a relationship with the house from serial time spent in the space, resulting in a bona fide "love" of the house. Sara Daleiden is the curator and series initiator for Schindler Lab.
Round One features artist Olivia Booth and architect Thurman Grant
Responding to Schindler's use of materials and geometry, both the Booth and Grant installations highlight the rhythmic structure of the Schindler House. Booth focuses on the pulse of the thin windows in relationship to the gentle, grounding beat of the baseboard. By prioritizing the windows, Booth reframes the spatial experience of the house. Her installation consists of a number of glass objects placed in the Chace wing, and will feature a special performance by dancer/choreographer Nancy Sandercock responding to the work at the exhibition opening.
Grant highlights key moments of transition and scale by emphasizing the grids and symmetries in the architecture. His installation in the Schindler wing employs mirrored walls and protrusions to disrupt its geometrical order and dramatically transform the visual perception of the house. Interior and exterior spaces are reflected into and through each other, dissolving portions of the house while underscoring the home's conceptual foundations.
Special thanks to the Durfee Foundation