Building as Ever

2017 California-Pacific Triennial explores architecture’s instability

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2017 California-Pacific Triennial explores architecture's instability.
 (Courtesy Alex Slade / Edward Cella Art and Architecture)
2017 California-Pacific Triennial explores architecture's instability. (Courtesy Alex Slade / Edward Cella Art and Architecture)

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is currently displaying the work of 25 artists and artists’ collectives in the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial exhibition. The showcase—subtitled Building as Ever—focuses on the “architecture and the temporal precariousness of the building environment” across the 12 Pacific Rim nations the artists call home.

OCMA Senior Curator Cassandra Coblentz explained the triennial themes in a statement: “In time of rapid growth and accelerated construction around the Pacific Rim, we can no longer consider architecture as permanent. The need for revised thinking on time relative to the built environment has taken on a new urgency.”

Among others, the exhibition features the work of Hong Kong–based artist Stanley Wong (anothermountainman), Los Angeles–based artist Carmen Argote, Seattle-based architecture firm Lead Pencil Studio, and South Korea–based sculptor Haegue Yang. The museum intends to publish an exhibition catalogue featuring essays by experts such as Coblentz and San Diego, California–based architect Teddy Cruz.

2017 California-Pacific Triennial: Building as Ever
Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA
Through September 3

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