Jackson/Stern: Automatic/Revisited

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 - Sat, Feb 16, 2013

Tuesday - Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday (only January 20th and 27th) 12-5pm

Location Latitude 44 Gallery
2900 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Event Type Exhibition

Admission Free

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January 19 – February 16, 2013

Opening reception: Saturday, January 19 | 6pm-9pm

Automatic/Revisited is an ongoing exploration of the physical creation and philosophical implications of experimental systems of unit-based construction. The first part of the installation, Automatic, deconstructs and reconstructs the system of concrete units used by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in a series of 1950s family homes. With these homes, Wright demonstrated how a system of modular architectural units could be designed in advance the building in which the units will be used, and how these units can produce not just one but a remarkable variety of compelling buildings.

The second part of the installation, Revisited, reinterprets Wright’s forms and intentions in a contemporary context. This is achieved by using a computer algorithm to design a new system of concrete units that feature improved creative freedom and environmental performance over Wright’s original conception. Again, the system does not anticipate any specific building, instead suggesting a variety of possible end results—or even multiple end results, as the new system is designed for disassembly and reassembly.

These systems of construction permit a building that is responsive to a specific site and program. Similarly, this installation responds to the gallery’s specific dimensions and the location of the audience. The Automatic and Revisited systems are each fitted to a specific area within the gallery, and their opposing placement creates a dialogue between two progressive ideas in architecture, past and future.

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