ALL MY FRIENDS ARE ARCHITECTURE
October 8 – November 19th, 2022
The artists of All my friends are architecture explore their relationship to the built environment through material, site, and scale. Often messy and flexible, these relationships demonstrate the fragmented nature of being a body navigating space.
Nathan Gulick takes up the tangled relationship between the “original” and the “denatured product.” Creating a life-size gate after the contemporary western interpolation of “the classical,” Gulick presents a plastic (never to decay) architecture.
Christina Hendershaw examines memory of space in the built environment, both real and imagined. Presenting architectural renderings and imagery of recently constructed ruins, Hendershaw’s work speaks to the impermanence of what is built and what is designed to last.
Using a flatbed scanner to make images, Megan Mueller captures visual information in the 8 1/2 x 11-inch format using the terrazzo sidewalks of Los Angeles as subjects. Fragmented sections are then printed at a 1 to 1 scale and tiled together, recreating a sidewalk in inkjet prints. Mueller’s projects engage gravity, the peripheral, and time keeping through an ongoing investigation of the spaces where the built and natural environment merge.
RFRM Collective is an architectural practice whose work aims to explore material relationships and how they influence the way spaces are interpreted/lived/felt. Part of RFRM Collective, Nefer Fernandez’s installation draws upon methods of casting and earthwork, keen on the formal affordances of materials. The work addresses interactions between organic forms and rectilinear forms, immortalizing moments of compromise between the materials.
Doris Rivera collages prints and weaving to obscure patrilineality as a legacy of colonial and imperial histories. Her work contends with the Philippines and its diaspora’s inability to conceive of an actualized post-colonial state.
Sam Scharf explores art environments with interventions usually made of accessible materials and a varying practice from installation to material collage. Scharf’s recent work centers respite via the fabrication of benches to be placed around Los Angeles, providing resting sites in public spaces.
Daniel Schubert’s paper works are an interplay between landscape and the hand-built; for the artist, they function as meditations on daily living. These works, which Schubert thinks of as prints, are time-based. First, notes are taken using simple tools, then materials such as clay, café, rust & cyanotype are applied wet in the studio before taking in the sun and undergoing a wash; what remains afterward is a recording of a day in a season.
Using materials found in the built environment, Noah Spindler presents drawings on acoustic ceiling tiles depicting the last orange groves in Orange County. A southern California native, Spindler’s work imbues longing and landscape into highly produced surfaces.