Sensational Speculations

Never look at skyscrapers the same way after seeing Jai & Jai Gallery’s latest exhibition

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Never look at skyscrapers the same way after Jai & Jai Gallery's latest exhibition. (Courtesy Urban Operations)
Never look at skyscrapers the same way after Jai & Jai Gallery's latest exhibition. (Courtesy Urban Operations)

Hot On the Heels of Love: Sensational Speculations, an exhibition by John Southern and his firm Urban Operations currently on view at Jai & Jai Gallery in Los Angeles, attempts to collect almost 10 years’ worth of research surrounding the spatial and functional aspects of the skyscraper into one quasi-retrospective. The exhibition aims to enliven the tower, a “spatial manifestation of the sociological and psychological experiences exacted upon the modern individual within the territory of the contemporary metropolis,” by viewing tall buildings—loosely defined and subject to the tendencies and extremes of late-stage global capitalism—as more than simple aesthetic statements. Instead, the collected works are showcased as multifaceted ruminations on not only what tall buildings have been and can be, but also as a collection of sensational projects produced as cultural artifacts in their own right, representative of the times in which they were created.

Hot On the Heels of Love: Sensational Speculations by Urban Operations
Jai & Jai Gallery
648 North Spring Street, Los Angeles
Through January 2, 2017

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