Function Over Form ((LAST CHANCE))

 

Lebbeus Woods, "4 Cities & Beyond, Region R (2), 12," 1983, Colored pencil on stock paper, 11.5 x 7.5 inches

Lebbeus Woods, "4 Cities & Beyond, Region R (2), 12," 1983, Colored pencil on stock paper, 11.5 x 7.5 inches

Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings

February 24-April 7, 2012

Friedman Benda

515 West 26th Street

New York, New York

This exhibition presents the intricate early drawings, predominantly from the 1980s, of Lebbeus Woods’s utopias. His architectural drawings place the structures within a breathing world with an emphasis on their social and political utilities. Whether he is investigating how architecture can transform social hierarchy through his A-City projects or reinventing hubs like Paris or Berlin, every model has a sci-fi fantasy layered into the rendering. As director of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture and a professor of architecture at The Cooper Union, Woods no doubt continues to solidify his dreams of the future.

Lebbeus Woods, "A-City: Sector 1576N (Aerial)," 1986, Ink on tracing paper on board, 35.625 x 36 inches

Lebbeus Woods, "A-City: Sector 1576N (Aerial)," 1986, Ink on tracing paper on board, 35.625 x 36 inches

 

 

 

Jessica Stoller, "Untitled (Willendorf)", 2011, porcelain and china paint, 9" x 9" x 8"

Jessica Stoller, "Untitled (Willendorf)", 2011, porcelain and china paint, 9" x 9" x 8"

Jessica Stoller: Lend Me Your Eyes 

March 9-April 7, 2012

Hionas Gallery

89 Franklin Street

New York, New York

Although Jessica Stoller has been featured extensively in group shows, Hionas Gallery is indeed hosting her first solo exhibition in New York. Lace draping, where porcelain-soaked cotton clothes decorate a figure then deteriorate to leave only the stiff ceramic after being fired, is the basis of her delicate figurines. Her female statuettes haggle with beauty and disregard identity. Stoller crosses a new threshold in her practice with the incorporation of an explicit vanities still life that melds modern luxuries with religious and historical symbols of excess. Pastels and pomp invade dark corners that stink of torture, sexism, and overwrought expectations society has of women.

Jessica Stoller, detail from "Selfless/Selflesh", 2012, porcelain, china paint, mixed media. 27" x 17" x 27"

Jessica Stoller, detail from "Selfless/Selflesh", 2012, porcelain, china paint, mixed media. 27" x 17" x 27"

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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