Tempera is an indoor temporary pavilion for exhibition “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (June 16–September 16, 2013). The pavilion theme is a fantastic garden where visitors see their own images reflected into a three-dimensional immersive painted canvas. The subject of the graphic depictions of the pavilion reinterprets the topic of “Still Nature”; in particular, the original subject represented here is 3-D scanned acquisitions of natural elements such as flowers and insects.
Join guest curator and editor Christopher Mount and Los Angeles architects Kevin Daly, Neil Denari, Elena Manferdini, and Michael Rotondi as they discuss the evolution of L.A. architecture over the past three decades. Moderated by LA Forum board member Gail Peter Borden, the event will shed light on the upcoming exhibition, “A New Sculpturalism,” opening at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA this June as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., and celebrate the launch of an impressive accompanying catalogue, co-published by MOCA and Rizzoli.
panel discussion: A New Sculpturalism
with Kevin DALY, Neil DENARI, Elena MANFERDINI, & Michael ROTONDI
7.00pm / Vitra Los Angeles
8753 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
This project is a sixteen foot high inhabitable pavilion which will be exhibited in The New Sculpturalism show at the MoCA Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, opening June 1, 2013. It was chosen in an invited competition held by the Museum last summer, and now the heat is on to realize it.
The project is a study of surface-to-volume transformations, where mass is achieved by pushing into a surface like a fist through a rubber sheet. In this case, chunky objects are pushed into exterior skins, creating volumetric effects on the interior. The perimeter edges of the three components of the piece are razor-thin, creating visual tension between the realms of 2-D/flat and 3-D/massive.
The design of this temporary installation reinterprets the traditional Chinese garden to activate the roof terrace of the MoCA Shanghai as an undulating and responsive multi-layered landscape. The upper (canopy) layer simultaneously produces gradient spatial conditions and framed viewing portals which curate views of the surrounding hi-rise towers, while the lower (landscape) layer articulates a series of back-lit sculptural ground forms which subdivide the terrace and provide atmospheric effect through responsive color-changing LED lighting effects. Inspired by the work of Frei Otto, the entire project extends his body of design research into physical and digital form-finding processes for minimal surface structures through dynamic mesh relaxation techniques.