Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

Exhibitions on View:
Sunday, January 5, 2014 to Sunday, April 13, 2014

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 4, 6 - 8 pm
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  • Installation view of Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, January 5 – April 13, 2014.

  • Design, Bitches, Heavy, 2013, Concrete, concrete mix bags, mirror, blue painter’s tape, Commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity, January 5 – April 13, 2014. Photo: Rebecca Klapper

  • Ball-Nogues Studio, Radiant Body Globs, 2013, Paper pulp, fluorescent bulbs, hardware, Commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity, January 5 – April 13, 2014. Photo: Rebecca Klapper

  • Ramiro Diaz-Granados (Amorphis) and Matthew Au, If looks could kill, I am dead now, 2013, Steel, pigment print on Epson Somerset Velvet paper, Commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity, January 5 – April 13, 2014. Photo: Wayne McCall

  • Digital Physical / Variate Labs, Robert Miles Kemp, A Sense of Place in Digital Design, 2013, Digital 3D Model, Spacemaker VR, Oculus Rift, table, chair, Commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity, January 5 – April 13, 2014. Photo: Rebecca Klapper

     

     

  • Atelier Manferdini, Eye Candy Table, 2012, Printed stainless steel, Dimensions variable, Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, January 5 – April 13, 2014, Courtesy the Artist and Industry Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity
Amorphis, Atelier Manferdini, Ball-Nogues Studio, Design, Bitches, DOSU Studio Architecture, and Digital Physical / Variate Labs

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) welcomes six Los Angeles-based creatives whose work embraces cross-fertilization, collaboration, and adaptation—thus creating new methodologies for research and implementation in the fields of architecture and beyond. Participants include: Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, Design, Bitches; Doris Sung, DOSU Studio Architecture; Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, Ball-Nogues Studio; Miles Kemp, Digital Physical / Variate Labs; Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini; and Ramiro Diaz Granados, Amorphis, and Matthew Au.

On the basis of installations, photography, material samples, textiles, and interactive media, Almost Anything Goes presents a wide range of activity produced by some of Los Angeles’ most innovative and contemporary practitioners trained in architecture. The last 20 years have witnessed a groundswell of interest in the field and this exhibition considers the next generation of Los Angeles makers, thinkers, and teachers who are traversing myriad related fields (visual arts, theory, design, and fashion) from an architectural perspective. The spirit of inclusivity in this exhibition owes to a particular set of extant conditions particular to Los Angeles, including a recession-driven dearth of building projects, new digital technologies, growing ecological concerns, and a renegade spirit of experimentation unburdened by the weight of tradition.

The exhibition is co-organized by MCASB Executive Director and Chief Curator Miki Garcia and Visiting Curator Brigitte Kouo. Kouo is a designer with a varied academic and professional background in architecture, graphics, and visual culture. She holds a MArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, a MA in art history from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in art history from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Special Thanks to:

Major support for this exhibition was provided by Neal Feay Company, Goleta, CA.

AB Design Studio, Santa Barbara, CA; charissasantos.la, Los Angeles, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; CTS Rapid Set Cement Manufacturing Corporation, Cypress, CA; Firm Design, Los Angeles, CA; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Montecito Journal Magazine, CA; Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent, CA; Santa Barbara Sentinel, CA; Viviano Construction, Camarillo, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.

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  • Zack Paul, Shield #A1-F6, 2013-2014, Sandpaper and vinyl on wood panel, 147 x 147 in., Courtesy the Artist

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Bloom Projects: Zack Paul, Geometric Landscapes

Santa Barbara-based artist Zack Paul presents an immersive installation experience made of building materials. It refers to the architectural aerial photos of roofs that denote the repetitive geometrization of the planet's surface. The works are inspired in part by 1960's design styles and Phillip K. Dick's science fiction novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, where people are forced to live only under roofs. With a background in graphic design, the artist seeks materials with defined physicality and often deconstructs the mixed use of hand-constructed and industrial fabrication of art. Blurring boundaries between design, collage, sculpture and interior decoration, the work includes 45-degree angle and horizontal paintings, and a wall-to-wall mural that play with perspective, the human scale, and material displacement and re-contextualization.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paul currently lives and works in Santa Barbara.  A self-taught artist, Paul was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA; and he has participated in group exhibitions at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (now MCASB), CA; Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, CA; Kitsch Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and AP’Art International Contemporary Art Festival, St. Remy, France.

Special Thanks to:

Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Eric Chirnside, Santa Barbara, CA; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Jensen Audio Visual, Santa Barbara, CA; Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent, CA; Santa Barbara Sentinel, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.

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