Artists Space

Architecture Project

May 21 – June 27, 1987

Architectural Project by Ian and Lynn Bader
Organized by Patricia C. Phillips

Drawing of architectural section in center of paper with white surrouding it.
Ian Bader. Spalation Clock, 1977. Section 2. [Drawing of architectural section in center of paper with white surrouding it.]

Ian and Lynn Bader's exhibition of drawings and models, is the second in a series of architectural projects presented during the 1986-87 season. The Baders will show a group of drawings and models of practical and conceptual projects, inspired by a structural approach to language and general theories on semiorics. Among them are Spalation Clock, and early work of Ian Bader's which has had seminal influence on the Baders' later work. Spalation Clock is a theoretical study of a community center for South Africa, based on Duchampian images and ideas. Other projects which will be included in this exhibition are the Bader's projects, Riviera Villas in Johannesburg, South Africa, an 11-unit townhouse, in which they have attempted to contextualize the buildings in their environment: mode and technique, the how of building and the why of the architecture. Also included will be designs for a collaborative work made with Richard Flood on Tom Otterness for Creative Time, Inc.'s Art On The Beach Summer exhibition in 1983; the 1985 project Synanogue Menorah which is reinstalled every year, and signifies the intersection of two conflicting grids between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City; and the Baders' most recent project, a residence in Spring Valley, New York, which is split by a diagonal corridor through the middle of the house.

Ian and Lynn Bader live and work in New York. They both graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa where they studied with Amancio D'Alpoim Guedes. Ian Bader is an Associate at I.M.Pei and Partners, as well as in private practice with Lynn Bader.

Architectural drawing on center of page with white surrounding it.
Ian Bader. Spalation Clock, 1977. Section 1. [Architectural drawing on center of page with white surrounding it.]

Artists Space activities are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; New York State Council on the Arts; Institute of Museum Services; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Art Matters, Inc., Cowles Family Charitable Trust, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc., Jerome Foundation, Leonhardt Foundation, Betty Parsons Foundation, The Reed Foundation, Inc., Mark Rothko Foundation, The American Express Company, Consolidated Edison, Equitable Real Estate Group, Inc., General Atlantic Corporation, EXXON, R.H. Macy Company, Mobil Foundation, Inc., Morgan Guaranty Trust of New York and Phillip Morris as well as numerous Friends.