Hyde Lecture - Chris Lasch

Date: Time: 4:30 pm
Sheldon Museum of Art Room: The Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium
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Presentation Abstract: Chris Lasch will give an overview of the work of Aranda\Lasch and explain how the firm blends history and storytelling with design computation to craft projects built through a radical engagement with modularity. The talk will discuss the firm’s interest in fractals and quasicrystals, which often results in projects that grow from just one repeating shape. The lecture will trace the evolution of their work from installations, sculpture and furniture to their first set of buildings now in development. Past projects include: The Morning Line, a site-specific sound sculpture created in collaboration with artist Matthew Ritchie; 1774, a solid aluminum chair that recognizes two significant moments from that year — the death of Louis XV and the discovery of manganese; and Rules of Six, a three-dimensional wall installation commissioned by MoMA that explores the notion of self-assembly. Just completed in Miami’s Design District is the Art Deco Building, a commercial building whose textured façade draws from motifs of the city’s iconic architecture. Also in development is the Palais des Arts in Libreville, Gabon, a canopied outdoor theater that uses a single repeated, extruded element to create a spiraling series of surfaces. Projects of every scale draw from the same theoretical underpinnings, including a particular interest in the ruin that exemplifies a “strange obsession right now with the way things get put together and the way they fall apart.”

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