January 31 – April 11, 2015
From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now
Opening Reception: January 31, 6-8pm
516 ARTS presented From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now, which showcased contemporary work by established and emerging Albuquerque area designers and architects. The exhibition featured both built and speculative projects. Varying widely in scale, the work demonstrated shared interests in innovation, experience, material, form and function. The exhibition was curated by Katya Crawford, Viviette Hunt, Kristen Shaw and Mira Woodson, and is part of the collaboration On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design (www.ABQontheMap.com).
From the architecture perspective, the diverse body of work elevated the design discourse and ignites the imagination by bringing together the strongest conceptual projects in conjunction with selected built works. The exhibition focused on the Art in Architecture, featuring a wide array of presentation media, as creative and varied as the ideas portrayed. Work included digital films in an immersive environment, cartographies that mapped the architecture of mind and memory, and interactive installations that invited the visitor to have a phenomenological experience. Two-dimensional imagery nested in suspended cubes offered the visitors an unconventional journey through Albuquerque’s design talent, while charcoal and mixed-media renderings portrayed the sensual and intuitive side of contemporary architecture and landscape architecture.
From the design perspective, the exhibition explored how well designed objects have the potential to change the way we see the world. Utilitarian and ornamental design converse via functional objects, fashion and jewelry. The diverse body of work revealed the use of traditional methods in new conceptual ways, challenges conventional notions of beauty and materiality, and demonstrated a rigorous appreciation of craft and making.
The exhibition included an expanded gift shop upstairs with an array of unqiue functional design items for sale including jewelry, lamps, tote bags, clocks and more. From the Ground Up also included a series of opening events and public programs. See page 2-3, and check our website at www.516arts.org.
The curators of From the Ground Up developed some creative installation projects to highlight the strength and diversity of Albuquerque design talent. In the White Cubes Installation, Albuquerque architects resided together in a suspended installation of white cubes. A portal in each cube revealed to the viewer a conceptual or built project. The diverse body of work created a rich dialogue between materiality, technology, form and space, building and landscape, while the viewing format gives the visitor an intimate and spatial experience of the 2-D images.
In Personal Cartographies, emerging designers from the School of Architecture and Planning held a prominent space in From The Ground Up. The installation featured the architectural process of 3-D modeling, which map memory and identity. The individual cartographies were placed on 16 pedestals and compose a complex and imperfect grid, not unlike the city we inhabit. The material restraint, craftsmanship, composition and narrative revealed the foundations of an architectural design process.
Artists & Designers:
White Cube Installation:
Rana Abudayyeh + Kramer Woodard
OPENING NIGHT EVENTS:
DANCE PERFORMANCE: 6:30 & 7:30pm at 516 ARTS
From the Ground Up: Lisa Nevada
Choreographed by Lisa Nevada, this piece explored how bodies use the ground beneath to create designs in space that rely on the sturdiness of the ground and embody the freedom of the space above. It featured five dancers from the UNM Dance Program. The performance took place twice in the window of 516 ARTS during the opening.
POP UP EXHIBIT: 6-8pm at Central Features
PROJECT/PROJECTION: Bruce Warren Davis
Architect Bruce Warren Davis was featured with a one night only, "pop-up" satellite installation that explores space and embraces limitations. He asks, "In this space, with this bit of stuff, what can I do?"
ONE NIGHT ONLY! at Central Features, 109 5th St. SW, centralfeatures.com
SPRING PUBLIC PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
STUDIO TOUR: Saturday, February 14, 2-5pm
Architecture & Design Studio Tour
516 ARTS presented a private tour of the studios of some of Albuquerque's leading, emerging and established architects and designers. Visitors experience their creative spaces and see into the artistic process behind the scenes. The tour was led by architect Cory Greenfield of Entropic Industries.
WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 14, 9am-noon at 516 ARTS
Bits & Pieces
516 ARTS and Westbund West presented a collage workshop focusing on juxtapositions of Albuquerque’s eclectic identity. Participants created a finished piece for the culminating pop-up exhibit at Westbund West (March 27-29). This workshop was led by Katya Crawford, Mira Woodson and Suzanne Sbarge in celebration of Women & Creativity.
TRUNK SHOW, Friday, April 3, 5-8pm
ABQ Designers Trunk Show
During First Friday Artscrawl, visititors attended 516 ARTS for a special one-night only trunk show featuring Albuquerque designers with fresh new work for sale, including unique clothing, home accessories and more. Featured designers included Maude Andrade, Kei & Molly and the Westbund West collective.
Download the exhibition pamphlet
About On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design
From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now was presented by 516 ARTS as part of the larger citywide collaboration On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, a cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by over 20 partnering organizations. During January through June 2015, public institutions join private galleries to present exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programming that focus on art and design created in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, from contemporary art to the earliest aesthetic objects created in the region. 516 ARTS is one of the leaders on the organizing committee for On the Map, along with the Albuquerque Museum, Harwood Art Center, Richard Levy Gallery and the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Program. Special thanks to Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department. www.ABQontheMap.com.
Download a PDF of the map featuring information on all On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design events.
This information is also featured on the project website hosted by the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.ABQontheMap.com
This project is sponsored in part by the New Mexico Tourism Department
Image above: Veree Parker Simons, Elegy Contemplation