Archaic methods and practices in the context of contemporary architecture are the common themes for two new exhibitions presented by Art Omi: Architecture, the nonprofit Hudson Valley, New York, arts foundation and exhibition space. The two shows, Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand and InConstruction: SO – IL, both opened on January 11. Single-Handedly brings together a collection of hand drawings from a group of 44 contemporary architects, focusing on a practice that seems to have become all but obsolete in the architecture industry today. The exhibition showcases the work of architects from all over the world, including Fernanda Canales and Liesbeth van der Pol. Taking on a range of materials and subject matter, the exhibition suggests that an important place for handmade drawings continues to exist outside the regime of digital and computational technologies. Bending the rules and traditions of architectural representation, the collection shows handwork is as relevant as ever for practicing architects. Single-Handedly was co-curated by Warren James, director of Art Omi: Architecture, and Nalina Moses, author of Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand. The exhibition will be on view through March 1 in the Newmark Gallery. InConstruction: SO – IL highlights the construction of Site Verrier de Meisenthal, an art and cultural center set within an 18th-century glass factory designed by the New York-based architectural firm SO – IL. The MoMA PS1 Young Architects prize-winning firm designed an “intervention” of the historic space that would bring a “contemporary institutional identity in dialogue with an industrial heritage” Through models, drawings, and photographs, the exhibition explores Site Verrier de Meisenthal, located in a French village near the German border, as a contemporary art and community space that continues the area’s glasswork tradition. Once completed in 2021, the project will contain a glass museum, glass arts center, as well as a flexible exhibition and event space. With a poured concrete plaza that connects the disparate institutions, SO – IL will also bring renewed public involvement to the historic industrial space. InConstruction: SO - IL is on-view through February 9th in the Kantor Lobby.
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Every year, the not-for-profit arts center, Art Omi: Architecture, invites ten architects from around the world to take part in a two-week residency in Ghent, New York. Launched in 2017, the residency program allows early to mid-career architects the chance to develop their work while receiving feedback from expert critics in an annual Architecture Review at the end of their stay. This week, Art Omi announced their 2020 architecture residents and guest critic, Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. The residency program offers architects access to 60 acres of the Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park to inspire and cultivate pavilions, installations, and landscape interventions. Chosen through a competitive juried process, the residents are selected for exemplary work that operates at the intersection of architecture, art, technology, design, and urbanism. “Architects now, more than ever, need the time and the place to re-focus,” said Warren James, director of Art Omi: Architecture since 2016. “Once on campus, untethered, the architecture residents work on their own new ideas and, collectively, different perspectives begin to take shape.” In addition to the residency program, Art Omi: Architecture curates exhibitions at it’s Ghent location as well as annual architecture events in New York City. Residents will have access to shared studio space, private accommodations, and meals. The residency culminates with the annual architecture review open to the public on March 7 at Art Omi. Previous guest critics have included Curbed’s Alexandra Lange and former AN editor Julie V. Iovine. The 2020 Art Omi: Architecture Residents include:
Norberto Figueroa & Monica Torres (Puerto Rico) Elsa Ponce Vargas (Mexico) Jeffrey Halstead (Canada) Jeffrey James Roberson (USA) Diego Agustin Larrain Aguado (Chile) Camille Sherrod (USA) Stephanie Lin (Canada) Hans Tursack (USA) Felipe Orensanz (Argentina)The 2020 Art Omi: Architecture Jury included:
Christina de León, Associate Curator, Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Warren James, Director, Art Omi: Architecture Galia Solomonoff, Founding Principal Architect, Solomonoff Architecture Studio Allan Wexler, Artist/Architect, and Art Omi: Architecture Program BoardAN is the 2020 Art Omi Architecture Residency media sponsor.
Art Omi 1405 County Route 22 Ghent, NY On view through 2019, select pieces through the end of 2020 Art Omi’s 2019 exhibition season has kicked off at the nonprofit’s 120-acre sculpture and architecture park, where visitors can, for free, wander among primitive huts, inflatable habitats, towering machinery, high-tech textile pavilions, and more. Admission to Art Omi’s campus is free, and this year, the arts center has assembled a veritable who’s who of The Architect’s Newspaper favorites. Atelier Van Lieshout’s 40-foot-tall industrial Blast Furnace, last seen at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, has migrated upstate and now stands in stark contrast to OMG!’s Primitive Hut, a wooden structure with trees growing through its lattice. Other pavilions to watch out for include LevenBetts’s Zoid, an experiment in geometry and view framing that comprises a shelter and gathering space made from repeating rectangles, and Matthew Geller’s Babble, Pummel, and Pride II, a small pavilion whose tilted roof is continually hit by water from an adjacent pump, providing guests a respite from calmer weather. All told, over 60 works of sculpture and architecture can be found at the park.
Architects, like everyone else, will one day die—but their work will live on, allowing meditations not only on the loss of their own lives but on death as a whole. In upstate New York, the nonprofit arts group Art Omi is probing the intersection of design and mortality with EXIT Architecture: Speculations for the Hereafter, on display until March 3 at Art Omi’s Benenson Center in Ghent. As the planet’s population booms and more people die than ever before, space for the deceased has become an increasingly scarce resource. EXIT Architecture presents 15 speculative architecture projects that radically reorient spiritual, spatial, and ecological conversations around death. Art Omi solicited proposals from all over the world, and the resultant show is accordingly diverse. New York City–based entrants were numerous, including Michaela Metcalfe, director of design and construction excellence at the N.Y.C. Department of Design and Construction, Roderick Cruz, and Studio Ames. Visitors can peruse video, mixed-media installations, models, a life-sized coffin, drawings, and app-based immersive experiences. EXIT Architecture’s curators—Julia van den Hout, Kyle May, and Warren James—have also shaken things up by including work from an architect who has firsthand experience with death, the late Lebbeus Woods. Woods’s Einstein Tomb imagines a memorial to the famous physicist that’s been launched into deep space, traveling the cosmos until the heat death of the universe, all rendered in his trademark deconstructivist drawing style. The exhibition space itself was designed and fabricated by Brooklyn-based architect Kyle May. EXIT Architecture is the first curated exhibition of the Art Omi: Architecture program, which is also currently in the third year of its residency program.
Art Omi: Architecture is accepting applications through Saturday, October 20, for its 2019 Architecture Residency in Ghent, New York. The program, which launched last year, gives 10 architects the chance to develop their personal work and receive feedback from expert critics during a two-week stay at their Hudson Valley campus. This exclusive residency program is completely free to attend and is open to architects from around the world who’ve been professionally active for at least the past six years since receiving a license or an M. Arch degree in the U.S. or the international equivalent. Applications will also be accepted from early- and mid-career architects in academia who are teaching architectural design. Directed by Manhattan-based architect Warren James, the Art Omi: Architecture program supports its residents as the develop their own projects exploring the intersection of architecture, art, and landscape. Art Omi’s expansive campus features The Fields, 60-acres of space dedicated to the build-out of large-scale installations, landscape interventions, pavilions, and more. The program was started at the nonprofit arts organization to help foster emerging talent in a solitary but beautiful working environment. “There was a void within the United States for an architecture residency,” said James in a press release. “Previously the only options were for architects to apply to artists' residencies. Once there, of course, they were outnumbered and often felt like visiting guests in a community of artists…At Art Omi the focus is on giving architects the time and the space to work on their own projects while on campus. We create a new community of international peers and this allows for new perspectives and insights into their work. Nurturing and untethering creativity is integral to advancing the practice of architecture today.” If selected, residents will have access to shared studio space, private accommodations, and chef-prepared meals throughout the program. Residents will also meet the guest architecture critic (past critics include Curbed’s Alexandra Lange and former AN editor Julie V. Iovine), who will lead a public presentation of the various projects at Art Omi’s Benenson Center during the program’s final weekend. Past residency alumni include Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine, who won this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. Jesús López, a 2018 alumnus, said his time at the program was essential to getting a fresh perspective on his work. “It’s necessary to take time off from the routine, and to create some breathing room away from the professional practice,” he said. “Being part of Art Omi: Architecture gave me the opportunity to work on that specific project, that one with no client, the one that I hadn’t found the chance to develop or even to start. Applicants must submit and describe the non-client-based project they’d like to focus on at Art Omi. To learn more about applying before the October 20 deadline, see here. The program runs from February 22 to March 10, 2019.