Sep/30
Thinness / GLD Architecture

Exhibition Opening & Reception: September 30, 2016, 6:30 PM
On View September 23 - November 1, 2016

Thinness revels in the enduring power of the one-dimensional. Lines – here acting as projected proxies for the radically thin surfaces that have preoccupied Gunadi Lamere Design’s (GLD) research and installation work – prescribe geometries, define volumes, isolate atmospheres and impart structure. In deploying singular thin surfaces to such disparate ends, the work challenges traditional notions of architectural enclosure and its representation, eschewing aggregate thickness for bare linearity.

GLD’s sustained research into thin materials, particularly into the manipulation of sheets and fiber composites, enables the deployment of minimal material means to maximal spatial and structural ends. The rigid shell structure of Grove encloses over 1,500 cubic feet, but is wholly constituted by fewer than four cubic feet of fiberglass tape. Each of the installations featured here - in addition to being designed objects motivated by particular intentions - are extensions of this research, advancing the formal, structural and atmospheric promise of thinness at architectural scales. By embedding material behaviors into its design process, GLD is responsible to the physical realities of its objects, enacting a formal language through material geometry that runs counter to the fluid ease of the parametric. 

The drawings in this exhibition use a single line-weight, drawn with markers and a CNC-router, to collapse overlapping intentions onto a single projection plane. The provided lenses allow the viewer to decouple the volumetric effects of material geometry (red lens) from the atmospheric effects of encounter (blue lens). Yet architecture’s intents are never so unambiguous, nor its audience so singular; these isolated readings are legible but necessarily incomplete. The promise of thinness resides in the overlap and simultaneity - in the multivalent potentials of the single line.

GLD: Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere with Sam GhantousAlaa QuraishiNicolo GuidaAnran LiJason MinorSean Phillips, and Luisel Zayas

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