Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Fujiko Nakaya + Johnson

Photo © Richard Barnes, 2014.

On view May 1 - November 30, 2014

Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the Glass House and its 2014 tour season, the Glass House presents Fujiko Nakaya: Veil, the first site-specific artist project to engage the iconic Glass House itself, designed by Philip Johnson and completed in 1949.

Nakaya, a Japanese artist who has produced fog sculptures and environments internationally, will wrap the Glass House in a veil of dense mist that comes and goes. For approximately 10 to 15 minutes each hour, the Glass House will appear to vanish, only to return as the fog dissipates. Inside the structure, the sense of being outdoors will be temporarily suspended during the misty spells.

Veil will stage a potent dialogue with the Glass House, producing an opaque atmosphere to meet the building’s extreme transparency and temporal effects that complement its timelessness. According to Glass House Director Henry Urbach, “Johnson’s interest in the balance of opposites is evident throughout the Glass House campus. With Nakaya’s temporary installation, we carry this sensibility to its endpoint while allowing the unique magic of the Glass House — the dream of transparency, an architecture that vanishes — to return again and again as the fog rises and falls.”

The Glass House, situated on a promontory overlooking a valley, is subject to changing wind patterns, as well as variable temperature and humidity, that will continually influence the interchange between Veil and the building it shrouds. Fresh water, pumped at high pressure through 600 nozzles, will produce an immersive environment that reveals these dynamic conditions. According to Nakaya, “Fog responds constantly to its own surroundings, revealing and concealing the features of the environment. Fog makes visible things become invisible and invisible things — like wind — become visible.” The drama of Nakaya’s work rests in the continuous interplay between what is visible and what is not. Known coordinates vanish, only to be replaced by a miasma, rich in changing phenomenological effects, that evoke a sense of mystery, foreboding, and wonder.

This installation is part of a greater initiative to transform the Glass House campus into a center for contemporary art and ideas, in particular those that foster new interpretations of the historic site’s meanings. The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs at the Glass House and in New York City, soon to be announced.

Organized by Henry Urbach, Director and Chief Curator, and Irene Shum Allen, Curator and Collections Manager, Fujiko Nakaya: Veil is generously supported by National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®. Additional support is provided by Mee Industries, Inc.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Camille Henrot + Le Corbusier

Architecture Mobile
Carpet: wool and banana, 400 x 300 cm
View of the exhibition “Perspectives”, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris
© Camille Henrot
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

This work is a carpet with patterns of Navajo appearance, containing the silhouettes of iconic monuments of modernist and contemporary architecture (Villa Savoye, Empire State Building, tours Petronas, Grande Arche de La Défense). The carpet, for Le Corbusier, is the most elementary form of architecture - the basis of nomadic settlement and a primordial form of mobile architecture.


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Fernanda Fragateiro + Hitchcock

Common Front / Frente Común, 2013

Polished stainless steel, notebooks with inserts of inkjet prints on paper from: "Latin American Architecture - since 1945", catalogue of the first exhibition of modern architecture in Latin America, curated by Henry-Russel Hitchcock, MoMA 1955.

Pages: 14-15, 42, 46-47, 76-77, 91, 104, 112-113, 124-125, 178-179, 182-183, 196-197;
Photos: Armando Salas Portugal, Mexico D.F; Rollie MacKenna, New York; Hugo Brehme, Mexico, D.F; C.U. Molina, Mexico, D.F; Guillermo Zamora, Mexico D.F. Elizabeth Timberman, Mexico, D.F; Foto Industrial, Bogotá; Perez Palacios Salinas.
Monochromes, after Joseph Albers color studies.

118 x 467,5 x 31 cm

Photographs: Miguel Ângelo Guerreiro


(Not) Reading Modern Latin American Architecture, 2013
Polished stainless steal and Books: "Modern Architects", first architectural exhibition curated by Henry-Russel Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, MoMA, 1932: Facsimile edition published for Lisbon Architecture Triennal, Babel, 2011; and "Latin American Architecture - since 1945", catalogue of the first exhibition of modern architecture in Latin America, curated by Henry-Russel Hitchcock, MoMA 1955
4,5 x 47,3 x 30,6 cm

Dust cover, 2013
Acrylic and dust cover from Book: "Latin American Architecture - since 1945", MoMA, 1955
21,5 x 24,5 x 27 c


Fernanda Fragateiro + Barragán

After Barragán, House For Luis Barragán, Mexico, D.F, 2013

Acrylic and notebook with insert of inkjet print on paper from "Latin American Architecture - since 1945", MoMA 1955.
Page 184, photo by Armando Salas Portugal, Mexico, D.F.

250 x 30 x 42,5 c


Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck and Media Farzin + Villanueva

Architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva in Collaboration with Alexander Calder. Aula Magna auditorium, Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas, 1954 (Detail) From the series 'Modern Entanglements, U.S. Interventions', 2006–2009, In collaboration with Paolo Gasparini and Media Farzin
Edition 3/5 + 1 A.P.
C-print from faded 1954 Kodachrome attributed to Paolo Gasparini, wall label with narrative text
Framed C-print: 120 x 120 cm. Installation dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza + Le Corbusier

The Light Hours


Leonor Antunes + Bo Bardi

brass tubes and silver wire
196.75 x 78.75 inches

Felipe Arturo + Le Corbusier

Felipe Arturo
Casa Domino, 2010
Reinforced concrete
39.5 x 23.6 x 19.7 inches
Courtesy of the artist


Mauro Restiffe + Costa + Niemeyer

Mauro Restiffe
Empossamento #8, 2003
Gelatin silver print
24 x 30 inches
Courtesy of Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Friday, 17 January 2014

Katrina Daschner + Mollino

AT / 2012
8 min.
Extremely confident in her mastery of style and taking obvious delight in her citations, in PAROLE ROSETTE, Katrina Daschner uses the performance by a well-rehearsed group of queer couples to stage a controlled game around/about social conventions and (sexual) self-determination, interwoven into an architecturally sublime setting (the Carlo Mollino´s Teatro Regio in Turin). This piece demonstrates, once more, her intricate knowledge--inspired by a combination of fine arts, photography and theater--of style, codes, staging and image conventions as well as of the elements that constitute "classical beauty." Here, she subverts her own so tantalizing abundance of images by cross-cutting them with detailed close-ups and performative interventions, by a storyline that is nearly militaristic in style, and a subtle, yet clear and queer diversity of the individual actors and actions.
Time and again, Katrina Daschner conceives of the stage or exhibition context as sexualized fields of play or performance where processes of desire and power as well as visual regimes are enacted and negotiated. Her films are performative spaces of experience. By connecting theatrical spaces and acts with cinematic elements, she deliberately works with variations of a seemingly familiar mise-en-scène, into which she inscribes subtexts using citations, stylistic set pieces and codes, thereby sounding out the possibilities of the media chosen and cunningly transgressing the limits of its conventions.
(Barbara Reumüller)
Translation: Erika Doucette



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Amie Siegel + Le Corbusier + Jeanneret

2013, HD video
40 minutes, color/sound

Proof (Christie's 19 October, 2013)
2013, Ink jet print, lucite
25.5 x 18.5 in. / 65.8 x 47 cm.

A film work of cinematic scale, Provenance traces in reverse the global trade in furniture from the Indian city of Chandigarh. Conceived in the 1950s by architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh’s controversial modernist architecture includes original pieces of furniture—tables, chairs, settees, desks—created specifically for the building’s interiors. Recently these pieces have appeared at auction houses around the world, commanding record prices. Starting with the Chandigarh furniture in the present, the film begins in New York apartments, London townhouses, Belgian villas and Paris salons of avid collectors. From there, it moves backwards to the furniture’s sale at auction, preview exhibitions, and photography for auction catalogues, to restoration, cargo shipping containers, and Indian ports — ending finally in Chandigarh, a city in a state of entropy.

Juxtaposing contemplative tracking shots, precise framing, and recurrent tableaux the film enacts a subtly discursive cinematic space, peeling back time to make visible the furniture’s movement around the globe. This accumulative montage exposes the circuits of ownership and history that influence the furniture's fluctuating value.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Thomas Demand + Lautner

Thomas Demand, Wood 89, 2011, Pigment Print, 160 x 106.7 cm © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / DACS, London



Thursday, 29 August 2013

Dionisio González + Le Corbusier

On 30 May Dionisio González will open his first exhibition at Ivorypress, entitled Le Corbusier: The Last Project. In this show, the renowned photographer reflects on utopia, survival and destruction through twenty unrealised projects by the architect Le Corbusier.
‘This exhibition intends to show a work of restitution of omitted vestiges’, explains González. It is therefore an archival task ‘based on processing the object so that it does not become corrupted by oblivion and may be interpreted through its scale and dimension’. The artist has selected buildings that were never erected, such as the Governor’s Palace, in Chandigarh, India; Villa Paul Prado in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Museum of Unlimited Growth, in Algeria, to restitute them and, at the same time, to destruct them.
The photographer makes the unrealised projects of the master of modern architecture explode, following the idea of philosopher Heidegger that ‘every unbuilt project is a ruin’. The non-execution becomes here ‘a silent and silenced destruction, an explosion which, in this case, implodes’.
With this series, which will be open at Ivorypress until 13 July, the artist approaches the concept of space, ‘a nowhere-place that takes us to a state of utopia which, in itself, is characterised as being nowhere, no place’, González notes.
The show also includes various works from the series Dauphin Island, recently created by the artist and inspired by the island of the same name, in the state of Alabama (USA). ‘My interest in Dauphin Island comes from the study of aquatic architecture and palafittes that originated in the Neolithic Era’, explains González. An island in the Gulf of Mexico that has suffered numerous natural catastrophes and for which the artist has imagined ‘innovative projects that give shape to new habitable structures in the vacuums in the perception of spaces that had previously been devastated’.
​Dionisio González (Gijón, 1965) is senior lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad de Sevilla. Throughout his artistic career he has received numerous awards such as the Premio Pilar Juncosa y Sotheby’s from the Fundació Pilar y Joan Miró or the European Photography Arendt Award in 2013. His work has been exhibited in different institutions and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía de Madrid (MNCARS), the Museu de Arte de São Paulo or the Toronto Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. His work is represented in prominent collections such as the ING Art Collection in Amsterdam, the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou in Paris or the Margulies Collection at The Warehouse, in Miami.

Stephen Prina + Schindler

Installation view: Stephen Prina, As He Remembered It (detail), 2011, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Stephen Prina; courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, and Petzel Gallery, New York, photo © 2013 Museum Associates/LACMA