Aesthetics/Anesthetics, on birds, axonometries, children, green, comics and 30 Storefronts
Aesthetics/Anesthetics is an exhibition of 30 newly commissioned architectural drawings by 30 emerging and established architects and firms opening June 27,2012 at Storefront for Art and Architecture. Each commissioned drawing depicts the Storefront Gallery space at 97 Kenmare. The drawings reveal different aspects of the space and arerepresentative of the generative properties of the architect's drawing. An opening reception will take place on June 26, 2012 from 7pm-9pm.
The exhibition positions the commissioned drawings opposite a wallpaper of representational
clichés, including birds, axonometries, children, green, and comics, that are typically used as
representational tools to enlighten renderings in order to examine the aesthetic and anesthetic
qualities of the architectural drawing. The gallery space, wallpapered with these sourced images
cut from drawings produced in the past ten years, will describe how architects have used,
perhaps excessively, specific graphic devices to ignite certain feelings and properties in their
drawings that the architectural drawing itself is unable to convey: skies filled with birds to portray
movement, axonometries as a mode of applied intellectuality, children as life generators, green
surfaces as magic ecological surfaces, or comics as prosthetic communicative devices.
The exhibition invites audiences to reflect on the performing properties of the architectural
drawing, its purpose and its aesthetic qualities, and invites one to push drawing, and with it
architecture, beyond inherited acknowledged values. What is it that an architectural drawing
does and how does it do it? How can we distill beauty from cosmetics? How can new modes of
representation produce new architectures and new sensibilities?
Of the exhibition, Curator and Director of Storefront Eva Franch says, "An image (and its afterimage)
carries within itself a history or performative script of characters, discourses, and
conventions. During the last ten years there has been a resurgence of certain representational
devices and clichés that operate almost as placeholders or decorative devices to an architecture
unable to draw itself. We all have seen them: birds on beautiful skies, happy children with
balloons, those axonometries. This exhibition is an invitation to let those clichés go and explore
the performativity of the architectural drawing as a way to generate a new imaginary. The 30
drawings on display are an open door to reclaim a lost territory: the drawing."
A series of lectures and workshops that reflect on the purpose of the architectural drawing will
be presented during the exhibition. For information on lectures and workshops,
Each of the 30 commissioned architectural drawings will be auctioned at the end of the
exhibition. Proceeds will support Storefront for Art and Architecture's exhibitions and programs.