06.04.10 – 07.18.10 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Architects David Erdman & Clover Lee, and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss Immuring
Friday, June 4, 7pm
Opening reception follows
The exhibition remains on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery through July 18.
davidclovers’ installation, Immuring, invigorates the relationship between architectural graphic and architectural mass through the re-examination of fresco in a contemporary context. The touch off point for this installation is the design of a 2,500-square foot speculative home for Hometta, Inc. (Lunar House) that started in early 2008. This exhibition showcases the culmination of davidclovers’ two-year collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist C.E.B. Reas, DuPont China Ltd., Speed Top (Hong Kong) Limited and E-Grow (Shanghai) on this project.
Similar to the fresco’s traditional role as an illusive device – making what is two dimensional appear three dimensional – the interaction between Reas’ work and davidclovers centers on the vibration between dimensions. The design brings together the 2D/4D algorithmic line work of Reas’ Processing platform and the 3D architectural massing and tectonic of davidclovers.
Immuring, a term davidclovers borrows from Heinrich Wülfflin’s description of partially embedded Baroque columns, is the constant state of agitation between these dimensions and elements – in heightened form.
Six full-scale prototypes explore different ways in which texture, window openings, seams and illumination ride the delicate boundary between detachment and embedment. Using two innovative and unique cladding materials – Corian Exterior and Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete – a dense network of algorithmically generated lines pushes the material to its limit; subtracting to the point of translucency or building up to the point of vault-like webbing. As an ensemble, all six prototypes are configured in the gallery to maximize spatial interplay and give one a sense of what it is like to live in, amongst and around this new form of frescoed Lunarscape.