“Transformers” departs from Gottfried Semper’s renowned interpretation of the tectonic art of architecture as “the draping of ornate surfaces over a tectonic volume.” As in Semper’s distinctions, and still today, a clear division between surface effect (ornament) and the frame is accepted as normative practice. “Transformers” rethinks this division between the frame and ornament and attempts to collapse the frame and the “textile” into a composite tectonic.
Year: 2008, Hartell Gallery, Cornell AAP
Team: Fabiana Alvear, Jack Becker, Jessica Bello, Billy Erhard, Kirk Finckel, Andrew Linn, Soomin Park, Johann Schweig
Photography: Bill Staffield