In response the American Institute of Architects Convention in Philadelphia May 19-21, we have brought together twelve artists whose work considers the idea of the edifice. This work examines the history, significance and personality of buildings.
The associations we make with certain structures have been solidified through their relationships with various events, as well as the architectural design prevalent within a certain time period.
Although normally edifices tower over us, making it impossible to see all sides at once, many of these artists have built structures that are less than a foot tall. These Lilliputian constructions allow us to take in these objects immediately, giving them a new sense of tactility and character.
Many of the small structures are made of clay or metal, the actual buildings perhaps reduced to just one material included in their construction.
Additionally, a few artists in the exhibit have considered the environmental context of buildings, and how what surrounds a structure changes our perception of it. One of these artists explores the difference between city and country detritus; another anthropomorphizes barns in lonely rural settings.
Lastly, what qualifies as an edifice? For example, tall icebergs may create a sense of a city skyline; a metal box might have a roof and a door. Several artists will explore these questions as well.