Artists and Architects.

July 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

The contemporary relationship between artists and architects, and the question of how important it is to identify as one or the other, have both become increasingly interesting to me as my own design career develops.

Some people have worked in both fields, either simultaneously or through a gradual shift. Maya Lin is perhaps one of the more successful living individuals to act as both, but it’s worth noting that her art and architecture portfolios are definitively separate. Frank Stella is one artist who gradually moved towards architecture (read more in the refreshingly “forthright” interview from Architectural Record), while “perhaps no contemporary architect takes himself more seriously as an artist than Frank Gehry,” according to one New York Times article.

preliminary sketch by Frank Gehry for Panama Puente de Vida Museo

The dynamic between artists and architects can also be clearly separate but still collaborative/co-influential, as is true of artists Michael Gaillard, Grant Guilliams, Kim Holleman, and Eve Mosher, who are all currently exhibiting at SUPERFRONT:

“SUPERFRONT is proud to present ARTISTS WHO PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS ARCHITECTS, a summer group show on view at the Brooklyn gallery through August 13th.  The exhibition brings together 4 artists of disparate backgrounds who, nonetheless, share a common familiarity with practicing architects in New York City.

Curated by Mitch McEwen, Director of SUPERFRONT, with input from Lee Ping Kwan, architect at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and Mimi Zeiger, editor and publisher of loud paper, the exhibit emphasizes playful and tactile investigations of landscape, site selection, authority, and scale.  The resulting exhibit mixes astute games of narrative, word play, and humor with an irreverence for architectural gravitas.  Sculptures, drawings, physical models, and instrument-like objects are on display.”

SUPERFRONT is located on 1432 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The gallery is open Sat & Sun 1-6 PM, and the exhibit runs 17 July –  13 August, 2010. Opening Saturday July 17th 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

a study for Kim Holleman’s “Trailer Park” installation (various cities, 2006-2010)

July 17′s daily design idea is does the specialization of design professions discourage interdisciplinary practice? Or do professional boundaries encourage higher standards and more innovative thinking about specific materials and realizable production methods?


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