Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 27 June 2014

June 27 – August 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, June 27th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
JILL DOWNEN: Cornerstone (New Media Room)

Michael Jantzen is an internationally known artist whose work has been featured in hundreds of articles, books, magazines, and newspapers from around the world. His work attempts to merge art, architecture, technology, and sustainable design. He has not been educated as an architect but rather as an artist, using architecture as an art form. By incorporating his surroundings, he assimilates his pieces simultaneously to fit within the environment and likewise the environment to accommodate his pieces. Much of his work, in one way or another, explores new ways of thinking about the built environment. The gallery will be showing his latest sculpture from his “M-velope” Series. The sculpture is 12 feet high by 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, it will be at the center of the main gallery space.

Michael Jantzen has always approached his art and design as an inventor, rather than a stylist. By creating architectural art, he is reinventing the built environment so that it can continually be altered to meet the changing needs and desires of its occupants. At times, he attempts to invent systems and components that can be assembled and reassembled in various ways, thus creating form from symbolic references, which relate directly to the specific site and/or function of the project. As a result, another aesthetic component evolves that is unexpected yet equally relevant. In his recent works, he has developed an architectural art structure that holds both functionality and aesthetic beauty. His latest sculpture titled M-velope is one in a series of functional art structures designed to be special places in which to escape from the normal reality of a predictable conventional space. Those who encounter the M-velope will be inspired to think more creatively about their own passions in life. The M-velope series aesthetics are based on the world famous M-house, also designed by Michael Jantzen, which was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The finale shape of the M-velopes are generated from much simpler forms, which are further subdivided into various segments, and hinged in and out to create a “final” form. Reinventing the world’s external spaces and sharing this vision with others to create a better place for all humanity is one of Michael’s goals for his works.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video work “Cornerstone” by Jill Downen.
Downen, known for her white on white wall installations of abstracted bodily forms emerging from architecture, continues to draw on the idea that the human body shares an interdependent relationship to buildings. The three-minute video, created in 2008, zooms in on a stack of real bricks on the artist’s own body. The simple act of breathing, under the weight of building materials, captures a moment of time that is humorous, visceral, and vulnerable. The subtle and rhythmic sensibility Downen brings to video poses metaphoric possibilities about gravity, support and the protection of human fragility within the frame of architecture. While Downen’s art is rooted in site-responsive installation, “Cornerstone” is a video project characteristic of her interdisciplinary approach to uncover new aspects of established boundaries. Downen’s art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration, and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities.

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