January 13, 2011 – March 20, 2011
Curated by Erin Cullerton
LACE is proud to present Painted Over/Under Part 3: Making Place curated by Erin Cullerton of Design Agency Co. Making Place is the third installment of Kim Schoenstadt’s Painted Over/Under Parts 1-4.
Embracing the theme Making Place, Painted Over/Under: Part 3 showcases two-dimensional, abstracted vignettes of the Los Angeles cityscape envisioned by architects and designers. As both an exercise in artful placemaking and a response to the powerful imagery of forgotten places, Making Place explores the myriad ways Los Angeles has layered itself into a complex network of activity—at once dense and urbanistically challenged—that defies its semi-arid condition. Taking inspiration from various forces such as access to water and transportation and the impact of sprawl and developer-led density, each selected team of architects investigate the mini cities that constitute Los Angeles. By exploring successful and not-so-successful examples, both real and imagined, Part 3 attempts to reveal the complex essence of Los Angeles. See how the work has progressed over the past several months at paintedoverunder.tumblr.com
Join us for Conversations on Making Place: Panel Discussion and Closing Party on 17 March, 2011, 6:30 PM at LACE.
Making Place includes the work of Los Angeles-based architecture firms Predock_Frane Architects, Chee Salette Architecture Office (csao), and Florencia Pita mod.
Erin Cullerton is the founder of Design Agency Co., a boutique consulting firm specializing in communications and strategy services for the creative industries. The former Assistant Director of the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, she has produced nearly 40 exhibitions on a range of topics from public art in architecture to investigations on the urban environment. In 2003, she founded the Architecture and the City festival, an award-winning, city-wide event held each September in San Francisco that reaches more than 20,000 participants and draws support from hundreds of cultural institutions and community partners. In 2005, Erin was instrumental in founding the Center for Architecture and Design, a new nonprofit organization seeking to educate the public about the importance of architecture and design. A consummate advocate for good design, Erin sits on the editorial advisory board of The Architect’s Newspaper, California edition, the Development Committee of the A+D Museum, and the Founding Committee of the Southern California Architecture and Design Consortium. Her writing on design has appeared in ARTnews, Metropolis, ReadyMade, Surface, Time Out London, and Wired and she is the editor of the publications Contemporary Prefab Houses and Young Architects Americas.
Led by Tina Chee and Marc Salette, Chee Salette Architecture Office (csao) is a multi-faceted practice that was founded after each partner honed their craft working on extraordinary projects with some of the most accomplished architecture firms in the world, including Gehry Partners, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Foster and Partners. Committed to sustainable design, csao believes architecture and urban design can play major roles in addressing fundamental issues such as global warming, overpopulation and finite natural resources. csao strives to design buildings and places that bring people together and enrich their lives in a meaningful way, while engaging their environment and challenging conventional culture. Current projects include the development of a Master Plan for Piggyback Yard, an initiative of the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR), as part of the PBy Collaborative, and the HSBC Building and Queen City Landing Master Plan in Buffalo, New York. See their work at csaoarchitects.com
Founded by Hadrian Predock and John Frane, Predock_Frane Architects is a collaborative research and development design studio whose work ranges from small-scale installations to large public venues. Named one of ten emerging architectural firms by Architectural Record and one of six emerging international firms by the Architectural League in New York, they were selected to represent the United States in the US Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, participated in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial – Design Life Now, and have exhibited at the LA Forum Gallery in Los Angeles, and Pomona College Museum of Art. They have won numerous awards, including multiple national and local American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards, their work has been published internationally, and they have lectured widely. Find out more about Predock_Frane at predockfrane.com
Florencia Pita mod is a collaborative practice dedicated to the use of digital technology. An architect, teacher and researcher, Florencia Pita currently teaches at Sci-Arc in Los Angeles and is also on the visiting faculty of Lund University, Sweden. She has practiced architecture in the offices of Greg Lynn FORM, where she participated in the World Trade Center Design Competition as part of United Architects, Eisenman Architects and Asymptote. Her work has been showcased in solo exhibitions at SCI-arc Gallery and LA><ART, and in group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, the 2007-08 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture in China, and Artist Space in New York. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the MAK Museum in Vienna, and is currently on view at The Art Institute of Chicago. See her work at cargocollective.com/florenciapita
ABOUT PAINTED OVER/UNDER
Kim Schoenstadt’s Painted Over/Under Parts 1-4 is a year-long project based on the mismatched color patterning created by “graffiti maintenance” on freeway embankments and other open walls in the city. Parts 1-3 incorporated guest curators Les Figues Press, Jens Hoffmann and Erin Cullerton who have invited twenty five writers, artists and architects to create drawings in shifts on the walls in LACE’s rear gallery. With each part of the project, works will be written and/or drawn onto the walls, then painted over with Schoenstadt’s color palette, creating a layered, abstracted painting defined by the shapes of past projects, offering a new starting point for the next group, and so on. Before each “painting out” Schoenstadt will apply panels of wall vinyl to preserve portions of the work below, which will ultimately contribute to Part 4, a large-scale wall drawing.