T. Kelly Mason
Houses x Artists features designs of houses imagined by contemporary artists. Through the presentation of these unique projects-represented by architectural models, text writings and interviews, conceptual sketches, digital media and partial and/or full-scale realizations-the exhibition focuses on the role design plays in day-to-day life. Inset has been organized by Atopia Projects; their initiatives invite reconsideration of the integrity, limitations, and potential of existing systems of cultural production
TRESPASSING: Houses x Artists (read ''houses by artists'') features designs of houses imagined by contemporary artists. Originated by the founders of the New York-based architectural practice TK Architecture, the project has the dynamic of creative collaboration at its core.
TRESPASSING was initiated in 1998 by Alan Koch and Linda Taalman as a forum in which to engage a wide range of artists in dialogue about the design of houses. The project was later expanded into an exhibition and publication when nine artists were each asked to design a house under optimal creative conditions in an ideal creative setting. The exhibition was developed to provide opportunities for developments in spatial concepts, building technologies and architectural forms while enhancing the relationship between architecture and artistic disciplines. Through the presentation of these unique projects-represented by architectural models, text writings and interviews, conceptual sketches, digital media and partial and/or full-scale realizations-the exhibition focuses on the role design plays in day-to-day life.
Unrestricted by external demands of program, scale, site condition and finances, the artists were invited to rethink and reinvent the house as a spatial and social entity, unconfined by architectural preconceptions and conventions. Participating artists include Kevin Appel, Barbara Bloom, Chris Burden, Jim Isermann, T. Kelly Mason, Julian Opie, Renee Petropoulos, David Reed, and Jessica Stockholder. The resulting investigations are a series of concepts of domestic space that promise to broaden discussions within the discipline of architecture-as well as within the general public-about the nature, function and form of the house.
Historically, the house has been a testing ground for new building technologies and social paradigms. It is also the architectural form to which we attach our deepest aesthetic, psychological, and physiological impulses about built space. In an era of diminishing privacy and fluid social patterns, the time has come to re-imagine modes of contemporary living. TRESPASSING: Houses x Artists presents a process of research, investigation and re-conceptualization that makes no assumption about domestic life, whether in its physical or social manifestation.
Using new and innovative technology in material fabrication techniques and computer visualization tools in concert with traditional drawing and three-dimensional modeling, this project furthers the roles of research and experimentation in the disciplines of both art and architecture without being restrictive to a single medium. TRESPASSING brings together artists, architects, and the public to explore new materials and ideas about the nature, function and form of the house.
TRESPASSING: Houses x Artists is accompanied by a full-color, 154-page catalogue published by Hatje Cantz Publishers, Germany. It is available for $30.00 to the general public and $27.00 for museum members, UH students, staff and faculty. The exhibition was co-organized by Cara Mullio, the Bellevue Art Museum and the MAK Center for Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, and is traveled by the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. The Houston presentation is made possible in part by Texas Commission on the Arts.
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Inset, the fifth exhibition in the museum's Special Projects series, has been organized by Atopia Projects (artist Fraser Stables and independent curator and critic Gavin Morrison). Featuring the work of Alec Finlay, Jens Haaning, Kelly Mark, Jonathan Monk, N55, and Deborah Stratman, this is the first Atopia Projects exhibition to be held in the United States. Guest curators Stables and Morrison created Atopia Projects as a means of exploring alternate forms of exhibition and publication. Their initiatives invite reconsideration of the integrity, limitations, and potential of existing systems of cultural production. There have been seven Atopia Projects to date, including exhibitions, panel discussions, interventions, and multi-disciplinary publications investigating such ideas as placelessness and physical versus psychological space. For Inset, the curators commissioned works that respond to the challenge of engaging with or intervening in existing institutional, social and cultural frameworks and structures. The participating artists will bring with them their unique insight gained from international experience and discourse. The exhibition has been made possible in part by Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston; the British Council; the Scottish Arts Council; and Kunststyrelsen, Centre for Visual Art, Denmark.
Fraser Stables: Solo Shoot
Second Floor Galleries
Fraser Stables: Solo Shoot will be the artist's first one-person museum exhibition. Stables, a native of Scotland who lived in Houston for several years before moving to Rhode Island to take a teaching position, investigates the ways subtle visual discontinuities change our perceptual process. In his video installations he conflates the intimate nature of legitimate theater and distancing devices inherent in film to present captivating non-sequential narratives in the spirit of Samuel Beckett. Seemingly straight-forward, his work seduces the viewer into a world of contradictions and dislocation. The exhibition has been made possible in part by Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston
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