Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Los Angeles, CA


Andrew Atwood ...And Pedestals SCI-Arc Gallery Exhibition Opens July 26

By sciarcnews
Jun 20, '13 6:48 PM EST

July 26 – September 8, 2013
SCI-Arc Gallery

Opening Reception & Discussion: Friday, July 26, 7pm
With Andrew Atwood and Director Eric Owen Moss

Los Angeles, CA – The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce …And Pedestals, a site-specific installation designed by Andrew Atwood of First Office, opening Friday, July 26 in the SCI-Arc Gallery.

“It should be obvious, but this installation isn’t a vacuous container waiting to be filled, or an imposed absence in the wake of withdrawal or in the name of sobriety. It’s about facing the strange                            of an installation, about an installation’s liminal elements. It’s about those things that take up so much time and consume so much of the budget. It’s about reading something when there is nothing there to read. It likes to quibble. Or maybe it’s even more obvious. Maybe, like the title (that we are no longer sure about) this installation is about the anxiety produced by blankness and the terrifying struggle with the terrifying question: Are you sure this is enough? Or is it too much?"

About Andrew Atwood
Andrew Atwood is a principal of First Office, an architecture practice founded with Anna Neimark in downtown Los Angeles. He is full-time faculty at SCI-Arc, where he teaches Design Studios and Visual Studies Seminars. First Office’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, including the Beijing Biennale, the Pacific Design Center, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and is part an upcoming show at the MAK Center, Los Angeles, among others. With Neimark, Atwood has published articles in Project Journal, ThinkSpace Pamphlet, and a forthcoming issue of Perspecta. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond and an M.Arch I from Harvard GSD. First Office has completed projects in San Francisco, Afghanistan and Los Angeles.

Special thanks to Erin Besler, Mark Acciari, Anna Neimark, Michael Osman and Sarah Hearne.

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