The University Art Museum partners with the artist-led experimental architecture and design organization Materials & Applications (M&A) to present Materials & Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful, Projects 2002 – 2013 , on view January 25 – April 13, 2014.
This exhibition—a capstone to more than ten years of effort on the part of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit to advance new and underused ideas in art, architecture, and landscape—will feature images and artifacts from projects by:
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues; Gail Peter Borden; Jenna Didier with Ian Quezada and Daniel Ash; FoxLin (Michael Fox and Juintow Lin), NONDesigns (Scott Franklin and Miao Miao) and Brand Name Label (Gabriel Renz), Axel Kilian, and Darius Miller; Anja Franke, John Southern, and Nick Blake; Edmund Ming-Yip Kwong; Jimenez Lai; Layer (Lisa Little and Emily White); Rob Ley; Oyler Wu Collaborative (Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu); François Perrin; Marcelo Spina; Doris Sung, with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter and Matthew Melnyk; Eddy Sykes; and Workshop LEVITAS and Infranatural.
M&A related activities kicked off this fall when local community members were invited to join Oliver Hess, director emeritus of M&A, and students from CSULB Design Assistant Professor Heather Barker’s course Environmental Communication Design in a three-part workshop coordinated by Arts Council for Long Beach, which will culminate in a “crowd-sourced” site-specific installation on the CSULB campus in January. This site-specific installation is called MatterApp: Pyramidial (MA:P). You can follow the progress of MA:P from classroom, to crowdsourcing at community workshops, to its construction near the Walter Pyramid on campus on the UAM Tumblr page.
About Materials & Applications: Located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, M&A is an experimental site and community "pocket park." Begun by Jenna Didier as a collaborative endeavor to advance a vision of architecture and design as social catalyst, she and the M&A exhibitors have striven to raise the conceptual standards of public art by questioning not only what is possible in the built environment, but also who participates in its development. M&A received a Spirit Award in 2009 from the Neutra Foundation. The American Institute of Architects presented M&A with three Design Honor Awards: in 2006 for two installations--the 2005 project Maximilian's Schell by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues and the 2006 project Here There Be Monsters by Workshop LEVITAS and DidierHess--and in 2007 for Michael FoxLin project Bubbles. For ID Magazine's 52nd Annual Design Review, jurors Michael Arad, Elizabeth Diller, and Lindy Roy honored the Ball and Nogues installation Maximilian's Schell with the designation "Best Environment."
Organized by UAM Curator Kristina Newhouse, Materials & Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful, Projects 2002 – 2013 and the MA:P activities have been awarded a 2013 NEA Art Works: Design grant.
MA:P has received generous support from the Huntington Beach-based space frame firm Gossamer Innovations.