January 2, 2009
by Canadian Architect
The Extension Gallery for Architecture in Chicago presents Point Clouds, an interactive installation and exhibition of the work of Jimenez Lai.
The exhibition opens Friday, January 9th at 6:00 pm and runs through March 14th. The Extension Gallery for Architecture is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and on second Fridays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
The complexity of this project, composed within a nine-grid, lies within the intricacies of the joinery system: it is all soft / flexible. When one connection point is moved, the entire structure will deform. This allows the piece to become interactive with the visitors, as they will be able to actively change its form. The dimensions of the grid are highly suggestive of sitting, grabbing, or leaning. During the gallery off-hours, the installation will self-illuminate.
Jimenez Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin, AZ, and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam, NL. He has received mentions in competitions in Japan, Europe and the US. Professionally, Lai has worked for Michael Meredith, REX, OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and New York. In February 2006, his drawings Noah’s Ark, in space was featured on archinect.com and in 2007 he was the recipient of the LeFevre Fellowship. In April 2008 his project Phalanstery Module opened at Materials & Applications in Los Angeles. Jimenez Lai is currently a clinical assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and working on a comic book while being involved as a participant in group exhibitions in New York, Toronto, and Athens.
The Extension Gallery for Architecture is located in the Chicago Arts District, at 1835 S. Halsted Street.
For more information, please visit the gallery’s website at www.extensiongallery.us.