Matters of Sensation
September 25 – November 22, 2008

Curated by Georgina Huljich and Marcelo Spina

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 24, 6 - 10pm 

Matters of Sensation is a group exhibition of projects by fourteen architecture studios in the United States, all from a new generation of practitioners. Whereas architects' use of computers first affected shape and structure, the participants in this exhibition address the way materials are not just about construction choices but also a means of creating diverse sensations in a space, focusing on the effects produced by the materials' textures and surfaces. Through playful manipulation of such elements, beauty, ornament, and pattern have thus found their way back into contemporary design.

The best of these explorations avoide a neo-utilitarian tone in favor of aesthetic and psychological investigations. They are voluptuous productions that aspire to elicit a heightened awareness of our material environment. Such efforts became supercharged by the introduction of modeling software into academic studios in the early 1990s, followed soon after by rendering and animation software and then by digital fabrication. In the jump from a digital or virtual architecture to new modes of architectural fabrication usually described as research-oriented, productions must now be evaluated according to their success at evoking in the viewer materials sensations and corporeal effects.

Unaligned in their interests and bored by old debates, the group of young architectures featured in Matters of Sensation produce work that attemps to answer no questions, solve no problems, and broach no oppositions. It is, rather, about a fascionation with architectural forms that induce sensation - about fantasy, intimacy, and sci-fi, and above all, about experiencing pleasure. 

Artists: David Erdman and Clover Lee/davidclovers, Tom Wiscombe/Emergent, Mark Foster Gage and Marc Clemenceau Bailly/Gage Clemenceau Architects, Heather Roberge and Jason Payne/Gnuform, Jason Payne/Hirsuta, Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon/Howeler and Yoon Architecture, Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott/Iwamoto Scott Architecture, Florence Pita/FPmod, Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample/MOS, Ruy Klein/Karel Klein and David Ruy, Kivi Sotamaa/Sotamaa Architecture and Design, Ferda Kolatan/SU11, Hernan Diaz Alonso/Xefirotarch

SU11
Changeling, 2008
Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Sotamaa Architecture and Design
Orchid House, 2008
Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Höweler+Yoon Architecture/My Studio
Entasis, 2008, 12 x 12 x 12 pie
Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Ruy Klein
Klex 1, 2008, 5' x 4' x 6."
Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Ruy Klein
Klex 2, 3, 4, 2008
Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

davidclovers with C.E.B. Reas
Mass 04 of 07 Masses (sectional study model at 1"=1'-0"), 2008
Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Gage/Clemenceau Architects
Pleonasm 4, 2008
Courtesy of the artists with special thanks to Serino Hot Rod
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008 

Hirsuta
Raspberry Fields (renovation/restoration of one-room schoolhouse into a seasonal residence, northern Utah), 2008, 18 x 40 x 76 in
Courtesy of the artist
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

MOS
Desert Island No. 2, 2008. Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Emergent
Batwing, 2008, 7.8' x 6.7' x 1.1.'
Courtesy of the artist
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Gnuform
Octopus (study model for Queens Museum of Art Expansion Strategy Competition), 2003
12 x 16 x 84 pl.
Courtesy of the artists
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Installation view from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Installation view from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Left: Gnuform
Octopus, 2003. 12 x 16 x 84 pl.

Front: 
MOS
Desert Island No. 2, 2008

Back: FPmod
Alice, 2007, 27 x 8 pies

Installation view from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008. 

Left:
murmur
Bioform, 2008, 11' x 6' x 7"

Right: 
Xefirotarch
Pitch Black, 2008, 30cm x 30cm x 90cm

Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

Left:
Ruy Klein
Klex 1, 2008, 5' x 4' x 6"

Right: 
SU11
Changeling, 2008

Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

From left to right:
Ruy Klein
Klex 2, 3, 4, 2008
 
Höweler+Yoon Architecture/My Studio
Entasis, 2008, 12 x 12 x 12 pie (center)

Iwamoto Scott Architecture
Voussior Shell, 2008, 5 x 7 x 6 pie (foreground)

Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008
All photographs unless otherwise stated: Adam Reich

Xefirotarch,
Pitch Black, 2008, 30cm x 30cm x 90cm
Courtesy of the artist
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008

murmur
Bioform, 2008, 11' x 6' x 7."
Courtesy of the artist
Installation View from Matters of Sensation, Artists Space, 2008