Sunday, January 31, 2010

smallBIG: in process

The show "small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES" is moving towards completion, at least in terms of installing the "small architectures," the flatworks, and the collection of self-builder tools.

Time is short, at least right now, but I have posted several photographs taken on January 29 and 30 of some of the small buildings under construction in the Swope Art Museum.

The opening panel for the show reads as follows:

We know very little about many lives.

One billion people worldwide occupy slums. Twenty-six million are displaced by war or natural disaster, including estimates of 300,000 homeless in Haiti post-earthquake. Every night in Indianapolis 3,000 residents need a meal and a place to sleep. All of them claim space and make their way. Every day.

What can be learned from those we consider to be the most disadvantaged?

Inspired both by contemporary life and the lives considered in the paintings of the Swope’s “American Regionalist” group, this exhibition investigates architecture and artistic responses to this question.

The show opens on Friday, February 5 and runs through March 13 at the Swope Art Museum in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana. See:


More to follow ...

Olon Dotson installs: "Green Architecture: East St. Louis"

Brian McCutcheon and Donna Sink install "Green Springs," which Brian fabricated based on a design by Azin Valy of I-Beam Design

Luke Haas, a student at Ball State University, manipulates a piece created by Professor Timothy Gray and his 4th year design studio. Brad Wanek assisted with the installation.

Paul Puzzello, co-creator (with Wil Marquez and Ana de Brea) of the concrete piece "Dialog" discusses the installation with Shai Yeshayahu, faculty member at Southern Illinois University

Ana de Brea's "chair" (made entirely of recycled plastic bags) as it rests near "Green Springs," with the Tool Room in the background

The installation by architecture students from Southern Illinois University, faculty members Maria Vera and Shai Yeshayahu (center), with Giulia Fiocca, a community organizer from Rome, Italy

Maria Vera, Southern Illinois University, with the "Temporary Territories" series by Marjetica Potrc in the background