Framing Architecture

These photos were taken via iPhone 7 at the Chicago Biennial 2017

The biennial was held at the Chicago Cultural Center. The building itself presented many opportunities for pieces to interact with the space. I focused on photographing these opportunities in which the building framed architecture and where the art mimicked and framed architecture itself. You can see how space, architecture, nature, and art interact with one another.



Key words

  • Literal Transparency
  • Phenomenal Transparency
  • Minimalism
  • Pop
  • DIA Aesthetic
  • Lightnes



Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius –> Industrial precedents

Precedents: How Europeans see America.

The United States was the oldest country, because it lived in the 20th century the longestGertrude Stein

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Art Through Light


While walking through the Chicago Art Expo it was evident how many artists used light and shadows to convey the emotion behind their pieces. All of the above images were taken to showcase how light can be used in different ways in an installation.

Light not only highlights space, but when cast upon a textured object it allows for the viewer to distinguish between light and dark or even more solids and voids. This was seen in many of the pieces at the Expo. For instance the piece shown below used texture to convey orientation. Upon walking up to the piece it was indistinguishable on whether or not the piece was a flat 2D piece or a three dimensional art installation. The piece was indeed 3D.unnamed-6

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Lebbeus Woods


One of the most intriguing images of the Chicago Expo for an architecture student was likely to be one of the drawings by Lebbeus Woods.  Though this work was surrounded by other drawings of famous architects like Norman Foster and Tadao Ando, the surrealist nature of Woods’ drawings challenge the viewer to look towards a new architecture.  The aggressive features that allow the buildings to take flight remove the permanent, grounded nature of many buildings.  Imagination lets the viewer inside of these spaces to feel how the space envelops and guides inhabitants.

Lebbeus Wood PDF Presentation provided by Professor Therese Tierney.


Public Art: Interactive Art & Urban Games


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Hard to make clear definitions, interactive art and urban games are a constitute of Art and Technology, promoting active interactions with their audience. Their appearance introduces a new understanding of Art-Technology relations while historicizing contemporary art. Continue reading “Public Art: Interactive Art & Urban Games”

Decon & Beyond

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While Hadid did promote ideas of Malevich and Suprematism in her art she also started to toy with the idea of Constructivism and the tension between the two. Constructivist architecture was also a Russian movment, but it turned to 3D representations. This can be shown in her piece titled, “The Peak”. As the text states, because of the exploration of the tension between Suprematism and Constructivist Hadid started to be considered in a new movement called Deconstructivist Architecture. While still using the ideas behind Suprematism, Hadid was able to use Constructivist ideas to actually transform her art into actual architecture.

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sculpture in the expanded field


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Rosalind Krauss outlines the divergent nature of sculpture in the Post-World War II era in “Sculpture in the Expanded Field.”  The stage was ripe for new thinking in sculpture following the constructivist attitude that allowed minimalism to take place in the 1960s.  The problem in the 1970s was that sculpture was beginning to veer from the classic example of a monument.  Monuments have a clear relationship to the ground in the use of a pedestal.  Once this relationship was lost, sculpture lived in an undefined world of possibilities.  The became modern and siteless.  The element that separated sculpture from a mere object had been eliminated in a search for new meaning in the ever changing world.

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Conceptual Architecture

Conceptual architecture is a form of architecture that utilizes conceptualism, characterized by an introduction of ideas or concepts from outside of architecture often as a means of expanding the discipline of architecture.

The finished building as product is less important in conceptual architecture, than the ideas guiding them, ideas represented primarily by texts, diagrams, or art installations.

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