|LATER LAYER - Installation by Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty|
|Tuesday, 05 January 2010 07:24|
Presented by DevelopRE and the Depart Foundation at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles
LATER LAYER, the title of the installation, refers to the serial aspect present in the strategies deployed by both architect and artist. The word ‘Later,’ which means ‘brick’ in Latin, alludes to Adolf Loos’ definition of an architect as ‘a bricklayer who had studied Latin;’ while also referring to the unit module and the serial repetition in Johnston Marklee’s and Walead Beshty’s work respectively.
Johnston Marklee’s contribution to the installation includes a series of elemental building blocks that form coherent groups of disparate masses designed to accommodate a variety of uses including art exhibition and production, creative businesses and residences.
Walead Beshty uses photography to as a tool to explore the social and political conditions of our material culture with a focus on the social and political dimension of transitional spaces. His work in the DEPART Foundation Collection includes abstract photograms which question the principals of photography and visual culture as well as geometric glass sculptures dimensioned to fit inside FedEx containers where the cracks and fissures accrued from their own transportation become intrinsic content of the work.
As an emerging arts organization predicated on the Discussion, Exhibition, and Production of Art; Depart Foundation is dedicated to fostering an exchange in contemporary artistic production between Italy and the rest of the world. As part of this global mission, the Foundation has commissioned Los Angeles based architects Johnston Marklee to design buildings in Grottaferrata, Italy, Tuscany and Los Angeles for the first phase of its artists-in-residence program.
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