BESHTY, WALEAD. JOHNSTON MARKLEE. LATER LAYER

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Jeffrey Kipnis, Mark Lee, Francesca Valente, Grottaferrata, 2010.

Softcover, 96 pp., color, b/w illus. throughout.

From an article by Brooke Hodge in Seeing Things column reviewing the exhibition Later Layer:

Models of buildings designed by Johnston Marklee for Depart projects in Italy and Los Angeles are displayed on a series of nesting, hinged plinths designed together with Beshty and scattered throughout the IIC, inviting visitors to wander as if through an urban landscape. The plinths, some clad in a reflective laminate and others in white, are simultaneously sculpture and furniture and serve as the fulcrum of the exhibition, underlining the serial repetition and the scale shifts (and tension) — between object and space, model and building, proposition and reality — that are critical aspects of the work of the architects and the artist. The physical form of the plinths and their placement in the exhibition references not only the layered aspects of Johnston Marklee’s building designs but also their placement on the site of Depart’s future campus outside of Rome.

While a number of Beshty’s large-scale photographic images from the foundation’s collection hang on the gallery walls, their color palette reverberates throughout the exhibition, with individual colors reflected in the surfaces of the silvery plinths and applied as film to glass doors and walls, as well as the undersides and inner surfaces of the white plinths, creating an atmosphere of dematerialized and shifting hues. As Sharon Johnston explains, “For the installation, we unpacked and repacked the DNA of both our work and Walead’s in the context of an exhibition.”

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