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  • 48 Characters

    The LADG, 48 Characters.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    The LADG (Andrew HOLDER, Claus Benjamin FREYINGER, & James CHESTNUT): Consider, as a problem of material and form, a litter of piglets suckling at the teats of a plump sow. The language of formal analysis is not readily equipped to describe this situation. The disposition of one pig against another does not appear to be regulated by clear systems of repetition and adjacency. The pig bodies themselves resist decomposition as assemblages of skin and structure; they are too fat—all fat, in fact. What formal analysis struggles to rationalize, the languages of character and posture easily accommodate: the piglets nestle and suckle; the sow sprawls; obese bodies squeeze and abut one another.

    Using a method of plaster casting inside latex balloons, “Forty-Eight Characters” offers a series of forms that aspire to the status of pig bodies by hugging, snuggling, and copulating their way toward the production of space. The resulting corpus of work has been analyzed through drawing to ask new questions of canonical architectural themes: line, ground, repetition, discipline, and abstraction.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    The LADG: Pigs!

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    The LADG: Reading Moby Dick and some Gabriel Garcia Marquez short stories. Listening to Big Mama Thornton.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    The LADG: Francis Bacon, Yves Tanguy, and Jean Fouquet.

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