Errors, Estrangement, Messes and Fictions exhibition opens Jan. 16

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Errors, Estrangement, Messes and Fictions exhibition opens Jan. 16

January 07, 2016

 

January 16 — February 12, 2016
Space@All Gallery
The Bradbury Building
304 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

Errors, Estrangement, Messes and Fictions, featuring the work of Laurel Broughton & Andrew Kovacs and Anna Neimark & Andrew Atwood, opens January 16 at the Space@All Gallery in the Bradbury Building. The exhibit is the first of an ambitious off-campus exhibition program intended to give the USC School of Architecture a more visible presence in the city, engaging a broader disciplinary and popular audience, while framing new relationships between faculty (both former and current) and alumni who are significantly impacting the field of architecture. Beyond USC, the exhibition is intended to mark the rising presence and influence of a small group of designers in Los Angeles.

 

Focusing on these four designers as individuals and collaborators, this early career “retrospective” exhibition was conceived of and curated by Hadrian Predock, Director of Undergraduate Programs at the USC School of Architecture.

 

“It is unusual and seemingly contradictory to look at young practices through a retrospective lens, but it is often from formative, murky and truly experimental origins that the stuff of the slowly solidifying practice emerges,” says Predock. “In the case of three of these designers, the USC School of Architecture served as a seminal environment for each to develop their pedagogical positions and to begin testing out formative ideas.”

 

Broughton has been a USC Architecture faculty member since 2009 and was recently promoted to adjunct assistant professor. Neimark and Atwood both taught at USC before moving onto positions at SCI-Arc and currently, UC Berkeley for Atwood.

 

“Education is as much an experiment for the teachers as it is for the students,” says Dean Qingyun Ma. “USC, as an open-source, multi-disciplinary environment, has given many young designers a great laboratory for their design agenda and intellectual discourse. The designers presented here bear the same trait—that is, awareness of boundaries and the strategic crossing of them.”

 

The exhibition opening is January 16 with a press preview, 5-6 pm, and the general opening, 6-8 pm. There will also be a symposium with Broughton, Kovacs, Neimark, and Atwood at the USC School of Architecture on February 3 at 6 pm. More info: http://arch.usc.edu/calendar/errors-estrangement-messes-fictions-exhibit-panel.

 

The exhibition runs through February 12, 2015 and can be viewed Friday to Sunday, 12-5 pm or by appointment at (310) 592-7784.

 

About the Participants

 

Andrew Atwood is Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley. He has taught at both SCI-Arc and USC where he offered design studios and visual studies seminars. His work centers on techniques of representation as historical and conceptual instruments and how they specifically relate to the production of architecture and architectural pedagogy. His machines, drawings and other works have been exhibited widely, including shows at the Beijing Biennale, the Pacific Design Center, and the SCI-Arc Gallery. His published writings include recent articles in Log and Project journals. With Anna Neimark, Atwood co-founded First Office, whose work and writing show a commitment to expanding the role of architecture in the public realm and to bringing the community into a closer relationship with art and architecture. First Office has received numerous honors in competitions and has notably been awarded the Architectural League Prize in 2015. Atwood holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard GSD and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Richmond.

 

Laurel Consuelo Broughton is director of WELCOMEPROJECTS, a studio in Los Angeles. She is also design faculty at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. The object as form and cultural figure features broadly throughout all her work. Her projects have been exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the New York Art Book Fair, in galleries in New York and Los Angeles and published widely. She received her B.A. from New York University in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory and M. Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

 

Andrew Kovacs was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design. Kovacs studied architecture at Syracuse University (B.Arch.), The Architecture Association in London, and Princeton University (M.Arch.). His work on architecture and urbanism has been published in Pidgin, Project, Perspecta, Clog, Domus, and Fulcrum. Additionally, Kovacs is the creator and curator of Archive of Affinities.

 

Anna Neimark is Full-Time Faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Prior to joining the faculty at SCI-Arc, Neimark taught at the University of Southern California and worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam and New York. Her published writings include "On White on White" in Log and "The Infrastructural Monument" in Future Anterior. With Andrew Atwood, Neimark co-founded First Office, whose work and writing show a commitment to expanding the role of architecture in the public realm and to bringing the community into a closer relationship with art and architecture. First Office has received numerous honors in competitions and has notably been awarded the Architectural League Prize in 2015. Neimark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

 

 

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