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EXHIBIT Closed on June 19th 2016

Juror: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

©Lauren Mazzotta
Juror's Choice: ©John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

Photographing the art of architecture; the anthropological implications of structural design.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:26 May 16
Artists' Reception:11 June 16 15:00
Exhibit Closes:19 June 16
Construct: Art in Architecture
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Humans are not the only beings on the planet who alter the landscape with their activities and not the only ones who construct elaborate structures for use as shelter, work space, storage, and transportation. Social creatures such as ants, bees, and birds are quite skilled at constructing places for shelter and comfort, as well as building roads and bridges for moving themselves and their food supply from place to place. The constructions of humans, however, have taken the molding of natural resources to a level at which the results of their activity have literally transformed the earth and can be seen from space.

"Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form." -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

This exhibit is sponsored by:
Scott + Partners

As this quote from Mies points out, constructed artifacts... architecture... is always in a state of change. New structures go up, old structures come down or are burned or buried. Appearance changes when new materials, new technology, new cultural norms, and new functional requirements create a need for new physical forms.

Construct is a challenge to you, the photographer to create your unique vision of the constructed environment. Photography has been, from its very inception in the 19th century, recording the human environment, both in its contemporary manifestations and in its past configuration. For Construct we're not looking specifically for formal architectural photography, but rather for images of the built environment that evoke a sense of place and time, whether in the present or as a record of the past. Where do you see things being built up, being utilized, being torn down, or simply abandoned? Anything we humans have built on the earth is fair game in this challenge. What do you see when you look around you?

Juror's Statement:

As a juror, I am pleased by the wide range of photographs and the creativity with which participants approached the difficult task of portraying architecture. What we usually call "Architecture" often consists of the signed, designed, discussed, and photographed buildings made by and for known and renowned architects. But this exclusive set of buildings represents only a small percentage of a variety of architectures, and of their scale of influence in defining our reality. 

While evaluating the photographs, I focused on how the images reveal that, beyond the aesthetics of facades, architecture is a complex construct entangled in the legal, social, and political pressures of contemporary life. In portraying a variety of issues, such as the muscular transformation of the city; the various ways in which we live together; the technological textures of urbanism; and the banality of our public spaces, the selected series of photographs brings to light particular architectural facets that often remain hidden to our daily perception. Despite the diversity of issues and contexts these photographs display, there is one thing they have in common: while bodies are kept off camera, a sense of community remains in focus.

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

The order in which these images are displayed was specifically specified by juror Carlos Minguez Carrasco.


Hawaii
SOLD

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Istanbul Street

Yorgo Pasadeos
Buda, Texas USA
Apocalyptic Sublime I
People's Choice

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Art vs Trash

Yoong Wah Alex Wong
Istanbul, Turkey
Between Neighbours

Yoong Wah Alex Wong
Istanbul, Turkey
Blue

Danielle L Goldstein
NEW YORK, NY United States

Antennas Galore

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA
Mexico

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA
Desert Towers at Sunset

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA

The Final Solution, Dachau

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Reconstructed Cottage, My Lai

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
Corbusier House

Artur Sikora
Dublin, Ireland

Construction Fence, East 10th Street

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Last Frontier

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Blue

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA

Vertical Lines

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Rue Gosford, Montreal

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States
Boat Slips, Montreal

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States

Costs of Comfort
Juror's Choice

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
Fresh Meats

S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA
Behind the Church

S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA

Radome

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA
SECTION 10

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Broadcast, bleak.

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Rundetaarn

Calli McCaw
New York, NY USA
Amish Barn

Larry Rankin
Florence, MA USA
Geometry

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

The Playhouse

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Views

Kristen Victoria Harner
Damascus, MD USA
"Hotel" (Praha-02)

Dennis Moser
Lynden, Washington United States

Industrial Night Puddle

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Roof Eye

Kitty Stanley
Wilder, VT USA
Lake Erie Lighthouse

Lynda Younker
Lantana, Florida USA

Cité du couvent

Ashkan Noroozkhani
suresnes, france
Stade Bernard ISAMBERT

Ashkan Noroozkhani
suresnes, france
The RedBricks Studios, London - photo by RO 2016

Ramir Oliveira
London, London UK

Building Scaffolding in Havana, Cuba

Monica Schneider
washington, dc USA
Evening Light

Kelly Hanseth
Flagstaff, Arizona USA
Banalscape I

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Banalscape II

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
Composition I

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
Impatient Capitalism

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Urbanity

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
untitled

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Amsterdam, Nederland The Netherlands
untitled

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Amsterdam, Nederland The Netherlands

untitled

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Amsterdam, Nederland The Netherlands
Changing Seasons

Siyuan Ma
Singapore, Singapore
Doors with Blue Trim, Staten Island

Edward Coppola
Staten Island, NY USA

Side of a Light-Blue House, Staten Island

Edward Coppola
Staten Island, NY USA
Wilder Motel

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
  • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco is a New York based architect and curator. He is Associate Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture and Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, together with the After Belonging Agency. In 2014, he was Assistant Curator of OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Previously, he co-founded PKMN, a renowned architecture collective based in Madrid. Trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and TU Delft, he received a Master of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP.

Mínguez has organized a wide range of exhibitions and events focusing on the ways in which pressing social, cultural, and political issues influence contemporary architecture, including Interpretations (2010), Storefront’s 30th Anniversary project BEING (2013), Letters to the Mayor (2014), and the platform World Wide Storefront (2014). He is an editor of two forthcoming publications entitled OfficeUS Manual and Sf30 (Lars Müller Publishers). Mínguez has been an Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP, and has lectured at various universities in Europe and the U.S. 

 

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