Construct: Art in Architecture
EXHIBIT Closed on June 19th 2016
Juror: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
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|
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"Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form." -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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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?
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.
|Apocalyptic Sublime I|
|Art vs Trash|
|Desert Towers at Sunset|
|The Final Solution, Dachau|
|Reconstructed Cottage, My Lai|
|Construction Fence, East 10th Street|
|Rue Gosford, Montreal|
|Boat Slips, Montreal|
|Costs of Comfort|
|Behind the Church|
|Industrial Night Puddle|
|Lake Erie Lighthouse|
|Cité du couvent|
|Stade Bernard ISAMBERT|
|The RedBricks Studios, London - photo by RO 2016|
|Building Scaffolding in Havana, Cuba|
|Doors with Blue Trim, Staten Island|
|Side of a Light-Blue House, Staten Island|
- 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.