suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
dave BANTZ + cat PHAM: Designed as a direct counter proposal to Renzo Piano’s New Whitney Museum “Box” this studio, run by Lise Anne Couture or Asymptote while visiting at SCIARC, encouraged students to explore the varied and diverse work of the America artists who may have their work displayed in the museum itself. Highlighting the struggle to reconcile to big box museum with more intricate, detailed, and formal architectural design approaches, the studio began with simple formal exercises meant to explore possible techniques for the dissolution and opening up of the traditional box museum with aperture, structural expression, and integration of color.
In particular “UNCAGED” draws from the work of artist and sculptor Matthew Ritchie. His use of color and explosive modular sculptures which tend to take over the museum space with reckless abandon and parasitic division. “UNCAGED” latches onto the site at the south end of the Highline (Diller + Scofidio + Renfro). The museum’s sprawling appendages are accessible from multiple points of entry; a move geared to intentionally dissolve the institutional grand museum entrance. The interior spaces work much like a three dimensional maze providing views from level to level, without necessarily illustrating a clear notion of how to get from one place to another. One may visit the museum several times always entering at a new level or walking a new path. The coloration and texture further alienate the museum from it’s dreary setting and punctuate the location and function as a commentary on the clean white modernist exterior of some other “New Museums” in New York City.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dB+cP: Lise Anne Couture, Matthew Ritchie, Michael Young, Elena Manferdini
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dB+cP: www.youngbloodhawke.com, Alexander (Ebert), Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, TV – Californication (guilty pleasure)
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dB+cP: Andrew Zago, Jeff Kipnis, Hernan Diaz Alonso