Space to Fill
November 6-29, 2015
Vox Populi Gallery
Opening reception: Friday Nov 6, 6-10
Artist’s talk moderated by Alex Klein: Sunday Nov 22, 3-6
“Non-stop re-enactment not only legitimises the conditions and ideologies that it embodies: it is a way of making real-- of making architecture’s innate syntheticness seem natural.” --Sam Jacob, from Make It Real: Architecture as Enactment, 2012
Space to Fill represents a search for meaning within the built environment, and deploys the intense focus of representational drawing in an attempt to understand our most common and iterative architectural habits; that which represents our most basic instincts as we naturalize our surroundings. Diluted forms, holding both the whisper of their origin and new meanings conferred by material and context--seemingly too ubiquitous to merit much attention--are here given an undue amount.
The limits of such understanding are also explored, using the medium of drawing again to "resolve the unresolvable," exposing the lack of information and loss of knowledge which is an inevitable condition of our landscape and lived experience. In fact, this lack of knowledge -- translating to a sense of mystery and wonder -- can be a casualty of a practice based on relentless looking, and so is reclaimed here.
Failing to find meaning, meaning is conferred. Based on the certainty of the integral relationship of architecture and the human body, the work here attempts to enforce a sense of empathy, wonder, humor and affection that is representative of our personal relationships to the things we construct.