Exhibition discussion with Benjamin Ball (B.Arch '03), Gaston Nogues (B.Arch '94), and Hsinming Fung, SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs.
Constructed from non-architectural artifacts, Yevrus 1, Negative Impression is a disposable architecture of literal references that calls into question the contemporary architectural vogue for digital complexity and abstraction. The cast impressions of 1973 Volkswagen Beetles and speedboats unite to form a strong structural whole that serves as a lookout tower in the SCI-Arc Gallery.
After studying a variety of objects withing the Los Angeles suburban-scape, the the designers selected the individual components for their iconic and structural potential, as well as their availability. Once chosen, the parts were digitally scanned in three dimensions and cast in biodegradable paper pulp using a proprietary technique the studio refers to as a "Yevrus"—the word "Survey" spelled backwards. With this work, the first in a series of experimental Yevrus projects, Ball-Nogues rethinks the purpose of the site survey. No longer seen as a simple tool for construction and engineering, the survey becomes an instrument for finding form, seeking structural stability and realizing iconic meaning.
About Ball-Nogues Studio
Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Essential to each project is the "design" of the production process with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. The Studio has exhibited at major institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. They have received numerous honors including three American Institute of Architects Design Awards, United States Artists Target Fellowships and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2007, the Studio was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program Competition. Recently, their work became part of the permanent collections of both MoMA and LACMA and in 2011, they were one of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices. The partners have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and USC in Los Angeles. Their work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Architectural Record, Artforum, Icon, Log, Architectural Digest, and Sculpture. www.ball-nogues.com
Special thanks to ScanLAB Projects, Buro Happold, and Eric Kim for their invaluable contributions to this project.
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