Jeffrey Kipnis + Stephen Turk: Figure Ground Game, An Architecturalists Show

January 17—March 2, 2014 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Jeffrey Kipnis + Stephen Turk
Figure Ground Game
Exhibition Discussion & Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 7pm
Jeffrey Kipnis discusses the exhibition with SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss

The Figure Ground Game, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary romp, draws upon animation, film, computer games and art to reaffirm and amplify architecture’s ongoing speculative contest with instantiated power staged on the ground. Not an exhibition, but rather a curated show, the Figure Ground Game features the work of a half-dozen architects, painters, a sculptor and more, all related to one another by a desire to mine the tradition and history of figurality in the arts as it has been inflected in recent years by technology, media and the discourse of enfranchisement in order to rethink the consequences of the building-ground relationship a step or two further. Among the conjectures foregrounded in the show are new building postures, co-dependent structures, non-local contextualism, and perhaps most important of all, an assertion of a desire to see comedy achieve an equivalent status to tragedy in architecture, as it has for centuries in all of the other arts to the profound increase in their powers and the resultant existential benefit to each and all of us.

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Friday, January 17, 2014
    07:00 pm

  • Where: 

    SCI-Arc Gallery, Southern California Institute of Architecture
    960 E. 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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