A Catalog of Difference

02.02.2017 - 04.30.2017

HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota School of Architecture
Goldstein Museum of Design

03.27.2017 - Public Lecture & Book Launch, Rapson 100, 5pm

Designer and artist Andrew Lucia generates a catalog of theoretical objects from the ambient light and curvature specific to their environments of origin. Through a series of novel visualizations, Lucia speculates on the role of ambient light as an underlying force and active agent in the figuration of these new hypothetical worlds and entities.

Andrew Lucia
Guest Curator
Cass Gilbert Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, UMN

Zhetao Dong + Samantha Kowalke
Research Assistants (BDA class of ’18)

Exhibition Description
A Catalog of Difference is a study of change across material and perceptual environments, be they images or objects, calling attention to those differences which make a difference. Through a series of visualizations this body of work explores formal diagrams that have been meticulously extracted from the gradients of surface curvature and ambient light within their respective environments. The resultant diagrams that make up this catalog are an interrogation into the underlying form of their respective systems. Herein lies a speculation into the role of structured ambient light as a dynamic force, not as artifact, but as having agency within the figuration of objects, environments and images thereof.

The catalog is divided into three distinct yet related subsets examining: 1.) Planar ambient light, 2.) Surface curvature, and 3.) Spherical ambient light. Each of these groups questions a priority given to form versus its appearance.

Architecture, through its representational tools and design workflows, has predominantly favored the former of these distinctions, in turn giving primacy to line and geometry at the expense of intrinsic capacities of energetic phenomena. The work presented here challenges this bias while deliberately paying favor to formal potentials inherent within the energetic realm, specifically those relating to structured ambient light.

Each visualization in the collection can be thought of as a derivative—a study of the rate of change across a given environment. This body of work operates through an informational framework, with a non-geometric attitude towards space and material within.

The research conducted for this exhibition was undertaken by Andrew Lucia and supported through the Cass Gilbert Visiting Fellowship in the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota and generously funded therein.

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Cite: "A Catalog of Difference" 07 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/806782/a-catalog-of-difference> ISSN 0719-8884

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