ARTIFACTS by William O'Brien Jr.
October 1 through November 7
While living in Rome among architectures of the distant past, an architect’s contemporary culture is displaced by the powerful contrast of the storied city and its layered histories. Such an environment provides an experience—maybe temporary, perhaps permanent—that unsettles and destabilizes one’s outlook on the current status of the architectural discipline. The seven objects shown here, produced following the Rome Prize Fellowship in 2012-2013, are manifestations of the influences of old buildings in Rome. They reflect a preoccupation with anachronous methods of form-making, redeployed in a contemporary context in order to challenge, enrich, and diversify our own understanding of formal languages. The objects focus on the potential renewed relevance of old orders of cultural formality, such as mirroring, symmetry, axiality, and proportionality.