“Truncated Mounds: A Twist on the Traditional Reading Room Table,” exhibition design for “Archizines,” Banvard Gallery, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Kristy BALLIET: A twist on the traditional reading room table, the oscillating system of intersecting and tilted display units highlights both the singular qualities of individual publications while also presenting the entire collection as a cohesive body of work. Assembled together, the magazines, each with a unique color, sheen, paper type, and format, create a subtly kaleidoscopic, floating field of contemporary discourse.
The exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone, originated as an online project and showcases 80 architecture magazines, fanzines, and journals from over 20 countries. From Australia and Argentina to the UK and USA, these independent publications are reframing how people relate to their built environment—taking comment and criticism out of just an architectural arena and into everyday life. The titles also provide platforms for architectural research and debate, and demonstrate the residual love of the printed word and paper page—providing an antidote to digital publishing. Made by architects, artists and students, they add an important, and often radical, addition to architectural discourse.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
KB: The Alps, Torafu, Mark Gage, Aranda Lasch, Florencia Pita.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
KB: The National, The Alphabet and the Algorithm, Bubbles.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
KB: Andrew Atwood, Justin Diles, Andrew Holder, Dogma, Andrew Zago, Peter Trummer.
Additional credits and links:
Exhibition design: Kristy Balliet with KSA students Paul Adair and Tyler Kvochick
Curator: Elias Redstone
Gallery Coordinators: Phil Arnold and Kristy Balliet with KSA student Sean Zielinski
Photos: Phil Arnold