July 31, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Southern California Institute of Architecture is pleased to present ke-r’-skoor’o, a new site-specific installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery by Los Angeles-based firm Hodgetts + Fung that runs from August 3 to September 30, 2007.
The exhibition deals with visual perception, evoking traditions dating back to its namesake chiaroscuro, the Renaissance technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation. Instead of controlling the gallery space using physical, material constructs, ke-r’-skoor’o instead uses a dematerializing process to better understand the subtle nature of spatial perception. The idea of dematerialization led to experimentation with negative space and in-between space, concluding in a reversal of the traditional relationship between figure and field.
Viewers will enter the gallerys darkened space and experience a wall of diffused light that utilizes a halftone pattern to translate tonal gradations. A small area of a photograph of Nina Simones face was blown up so that the original image was unrecognizable. This was then stretched to wrap the walls of the gallery, distorting the halftone dots into shapes that became the basis for 180 elliptical disks milled out of Dibond, a lightweight aluminum composite. These disks were then floated on the wall, elegantly supported with minimal mechanical connections and lit using a boomerang method: LED lights were positioned to illuminate the hidden surface which then reflects the light back onto the exposed surfaces, creating a penumbra. The silhouette of each disk thereby becomes the ground, and the figure is the void from which the light emanates.
Craig Hodgetts and Hsin-Ming Fung founded the office of Hodgetts + Fung in 1984. The husband-and-wife architecture team have individually pursued distinguished careers as educators. They have been highly visible advocates of design excellence through their roles as designer/curators for significant exhibitions at major museums throughout the world, and have been recognized internationally for their ability to create imaginative and useful buildings. Their projects include the award-winning Towell Library at UCLA; Blueprints for Modern Living, a dynamic exhibition on Case Study houses at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; the renovation of the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard; the new design of the Hollywood Bowl; and a 35-story mixed-use glass tower for Yamano Gakuen in Tokyo. The firm recently completed two libraries for the Los Angeles Public Library system, and won the competition for the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center in Northern California. Their work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Domus, Metropolis, Progressive Architecture, and Abitare. Hodgetts + Fung projects have been recognized nationally and internationally for achieving a unique balance of respect for context and architectural originality. They are recipients of the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and the National Honor Award for Historic Preservation. For more information on the firm and images of their projects, please visit www.hplusf.com.
Closing reception and exhibition discussion with SCI-Arc Director, Eric Owen Moss takes place on Sunday, September 30, 2007. The talk will begin at 6:00 pm and be followed by a reception until 9:00 pm.
Since 2002, the SCI-Arc Gallery has invited internationally recognized architects to fabricate and install site-specific installations with a team of SCI-Arc students. Exhibitions are open daily from 9am to 6pm. SCI-Arc events are free and open to the public.
SCI-Arc is located at 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. The parking lot entrance is at 350 Merrick Street, between 4th Street and Traction Avenue. The gallery is located at the center of the building on the ground floor. For additional programming information, please visit www.sciarc.edu or call 213.613.2200 x328.