Virginia San Fratello to speak at the Transections Symposium at the Syracuse University School of Architecture on April 1, 2014.
Each year the Architectural League of New York selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. Being named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture, and the program is notable for its thirty-year history of identifying and nurturing firms that go on to have influential practices. Rael San Fratello is honored to have been named an Emerging Voice in 2014.
The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment. This year’s jury included Fred Bernstein, Paul Lewis, Kate Orff, Thomas Phifer, Annabelle Selldorf, and Adam Yarinsky. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.
The 2014 Emerging Voices are:
David Benjamin, The Living, New York
Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie, Surfacedesign, Inc., San Francisco
Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, and Bradley Samuels, SITU Studio, Brooklyn
Joyce Hwang, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo
Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas, Estudio Macías Peredo, Guadalajara
Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, Rael San Fratello, Oakland
Mauricio Rocha Iturbide and Gabriela Carrillo Valadez, TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo|, Mexico City
Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, and Donald Chong, Williamson Chong Architects, Toronto
For more information about the 2014 winners, click here.
Rael San Fratello will discuss their work on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway, New York, NY. Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets online here, beginning March 6.
NOWHERE is a project whose aim is to recognize that in a century where greater than 50% of the population of the planet is migrating to cities, a rural community can also be a SOMEWHERE of rich cultural, geographic, historic and aesthetic importance. To accomplish this , Rael San Fratello purchased an abandoned store front in Antonito, CO,a town of 772 people—formerly the town pharmacy—and for six months, transformed the space into an open plan that could be used in a variety of ways by and for the local community.
Partnering with an art faculty member from a nearby college, faculty and students began an after-school arts program in the town to supplement the missing art program from the curriculum due to budget cuts. Three art education students worked together to create a three day lesson plan for the high school students. They used the Surrealist movement and contemporary collage artists as inspiration for their lesson.
The lesson had the high school students reflect on who they were as individuals, what was important to them, and what cultural aspects of their life they want to celebrate. The students created large self-portrait collage pieces using abstract photographs that the students took of themselves, paintings that they created, and additional collage materials. The life-size artwork was presented in a community opening at NOWHERE.
NOWHERE continued to promote the arts, craft, design and architecture by combining the work of an invited group of internationally recognized artists with local artists from this region where these allied fields are underrepresented. Among the participating artists were Ehren Tool, Stephanie Syjuco, Future Farmers, Michael C. Rael, Richard Saxton (M12 Collective), Fred Haberlein, Michael Elmgreen, Ingar Dragset, Angela Maestas and Chloe Rossetti.
W. A. Ehren Tool is a ceramist whose work seeks to raise awareness about war. A third-generation soldier who served as a Marine in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991, Tool began studying drawing when he left the Corps in 1994. His work centers on the production of clay cups, which are decorated with press molds of military medals or bombs and images of war and violence. He often assembles them, broken or intact, into installations or uses them in videos, and then gives them away (thousands to date) as a way to provoke conversations about war.
Fred “Thunder Heart” Haberlein grew up on a desolate ranch outside Antonito, Colorado. Starting in 1978, he began a series of murals in towns across the country—many of which can be found in Antonito. Today there are nearly 125 murals by Haberlein, more than any other U.S. artist has created single-handedly. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado Mountain College in Glennwood Springs. His mural of historic downtown Antonito, painted in the mid 1980′s is a permanent installation at NOWHERE.
Michael Elmgreen (born 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969 in Trondheim, Norway), based in Berlin and London, have worked together as an artist duo since 1995. They have held numerous solo exhibitions in art institutions worldwide, including the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2011), ZKM Museum of Modern Art in Karlsruhe (2010), MUSAC in Léon (2009), The Power Plant in Toronto (2006), Serpentine Gallery (2006) and Tate Modern (2004) in London, and Kunsthalle Zürich (2001). Their work has been included in the Liverpool (2012), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Gwangju (2002), São Paulo (2002), Istanbul (2001), and Berlin (1998) biennials, and in 2009 they received a special mention for their exhibition “The Collectors” in the Nordic and Danish Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Amongst their most well known works are “Prada Marfa” (2005) – a full scale replica of a Prada boutique in the middle of the Texan desert, and “Short Cut” (2003) – a car and a caravan breaking through the ground which was first shown in Milan and now resides in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Their piece, Powerless Structures, Fig. 19 (1998), comprised of two pairs of Calvin Klein underwear inside two pairs of faded blue jeans was exhibited at NOWHERE.
Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an open practice of making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us. Founded in 1995, our design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and our research interests. They are artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of “not knowing”. While they collaborate with scientists and are interested in scientific inquiry, we want to ask questions more openly. Science asks questions to find “answers” and seeks to find a methodology to answer the next question, while we ask questions to seek more questions. Through participatory projects, we create spaces and experiences where the logic of a situation disappears – encounters occur that broaden, rather than narrow perspectives, i.e. reductionist science. Their work employs various media to create work that has the potential to destabilize logics of “certainty”. We deconstruct systems such as food policies, public transportation and rural farming networks to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics. Often through this disassembly they find new narratives and potential reconfigurations that propose alternatives to the principles that once dominated these systems. Their work provides a playful entry point and tools for participants to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry- not only to imagine, but to participate in and initiate change in the places they live.
Michael C. Rael is a photographer living in the high alpine desert of Colorado’s San Luis Valley. His work documenting the landscapes of this region, and his book Sentinel in Sight, which presents seasonal images of Cerro San Antonio—the largest freestanding mountain in the continental United States—are presented in NOWHERE.
Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. This has included starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods; presenting a parasitic art counterfeiting event, “COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone” for Frieze Projects, London (2009); and “Shadowshop,” an alternative vending outlet embedded at SFMOMA exploring the ways in which artists are navigating the production, consumption, and dissemination of their work (2010-11).
Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and included in exhibitions at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, Germany; Z33 Space for Contemporary Art, Belgium; UniversalStudios Gallery Beijing; The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, among others. In 2007 she led counterfeiting workshops in Istanbul and in 2009 contributed proxy sculptures for MOMA/P.S.1′s joint exhibition, “1969.” She has taught at Stanford University, The California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, The San Francisco Art Institute, and Carnegie Mellon University. A recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, she lives and works in San Francisco.
Angela Maestas is a multi-media artist from the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Her work draws upon images and materials from her Spanish-American culture and the rural landscapes of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
“To Search” was a durational performance conducted by Chloe Rosetti on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, at NOWHERE. Immediately prior to the performance, she collected rocks from the earth around NOWHERE, and, over the course of two hours and 13 minutes, proceeded to arrange the rocks to spell the phrase, “TO SEARCH IN THE ENIGMA OF HOURS FOR THAT TRULY HIDDEN SEED,” excerpted from a tablet in Franck André Jamme’s *New Exercises ’08*: “TO SEARCH IN THE ENIGMA OF HOURS FOR THE TRULY HIDDEN SEED THAT NO SOONER PULVERIZED BECOMES THE BREAD OF THOSE WHO EAT NOT TO PERISH.” After each word was composed it was immediately erased, the rocks returning to the pile. Behind the action was an hour-long projection of found images that I had composed, featuring a range of imagery—meat in an abattoir, gloved hands gluing a vase back together, a black and white performance of two hands relating, a diagram of the entrance and exit wound of a bullet, diagrams of the eye, ear and tear duct, the braces-filled mouth of a smiling teen, dressed-up people dancing, and so on. Playing on loop during the performance was a specially composed soundscape by Taja Cheek, featuring crickets, crackling fire, looped piano, waves, wordless vocals, bird calls, guitar riffs and rain. The sounds swell up and fade out over one another, until all becomes quiet. During the performance the loop occurred just over 13 times. After the performance was over, the rocks were returned to the Antonito earth.
To Search is a meditation on transience and effort, and on the conscience experience of emerging from and being called back into the Source. As each word is fully formed and erased, it becomes difficult to recall the sentence as a whole; one considers whether this matters, whether actions should be taken in sequence, as a kind of story, or as indelible moments in an utterly transient landscape. Poignantly, NOWHERE’s storefront location where she conducted the performance closed a few weeks later.
The property improvements to the former pharmacy allowed an entrepreneur to take ownership of the site of NOWHERE and re-introduce a much needed pharmacy to the local community.
Project Date: 2013
Design Team: Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello
Staff: Laurelin Kruse, Director of Operations
Participating artists: Ehren Tool, Stephanie Syjuco, Future Farmers (Michael Swaine and Amy Franceschini), Michael C. Rael, Richard Saxton (M12 Collective), Fred Haberlein, Michael Elmgreen, Ingar Dragset, Angela Maestas and Chloe Rossetti.
Ronald Rael will deliver the inaugural Design/Build Lecture at Virginia Tech on Thursday, November 14 at 2:00pm in the Hancock Auditorium at the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The lecture is sponsored by the design/buildLAB.
Today, the icons of Modernism are visible everywhere. Eliel Saarinen’s Tulip Chair, the Diamond by Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair and Isamo Noguchi’s coffee table are eternally with us as are the designs of Saarinen’s fellow Cranbrook students Charles and Ray Eames. Where are the incubators for the designers of our decade? Which of their works will become icons treasured by the next generation?
Organized by the Museum of Craft and Design with guest curators Kathleen Hanna and Ted Cohen, New West Coast Design 2 (NWCD2) was inspired by the initial 2008 exhibition New West Coast Design which highlighted experimental works in traditional and new materials by artists working in California, Oregon and Washington, including work by Rael San Fratello/Emerging Objects, including the Saltygloo, Drum and the design for the Berkeley-Rupp Prize for Architecture. The show runs October 26, 2013 through January 5, 2014 with a public lecture by Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael on Tuesday, October 29 from 7 PM – 8:30.
Exhibition Curators: Kathleen Hanna and Ted Cohen
Exhibition design: Ted Cohen
Additional information: New West Coast Design 2 Exhibit At the Museum of Craft and Design Makes the Everyday Unique
In partnership with Design Santa Fe, SITE presents Design LAB: Next Nest, a juried exhibition featuring inspiring new domestic forms and design concepts. Next Nest merges artistic visions with 21st century sustainable objects and spaces for living as envisioned from entrants from the southwestern U.S.: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The jury that selected the final Next Nest exhibitors includes: Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe, Janet Dees, Assistant Curator, SITE Santa Fe, Laura Carpenter, Ellen Berkovitch, CEO of Adobe Airstream, Michelle Moser, Owner of Grace Communications, Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director, Center for Contemporary Art, James Horn, Spears Architects and Thomas Lehn, Thomas Lehn Designs.
The competition jury, which awarded Rael San Fratello the First Place award was comprised of Susan Szenacy, Editor in Chief of Metropolis Magazine, Matilda McQuaid,deputy curatorial director and head of the Textiles department at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Jason Pilarski, Professor, Art Center College of Design.
The Bay Bridge House is an organization with plans to convert components from the former eastern span of the Bay Bridge into a house. The Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition is a competition asking students to imagine saving pieces of the historic span and create a modern, contemporary and self sustaining eco-houseing and co-work multi-use space.
Jurors for this international competition were Daniel Krivens, LEED AP and Senior Designer at NicholsBooth, Donald MacDonald, FAIA Building Architect and Co-Architect of the new Oakland Bay Bridge and Ronald Rael, Associate Professor of Architecture, UC Berkeley and Principal of Rael San Fratello Architects.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter hosted the annual 2013 Honor Awards to celebrate excellence in design. Award-winning projects, announced at a packed event at Benaroya Hall, served as powerful demonstrations of the outstanding caliber of design that is consistently produced by Washington-based architects and designers. Jurors for the annual competition were Stella Betts,a founding partner of Levenbetts, an award-winning New York City based architecture practice, Manuelle Gautrand, the principal architect and director of Parisian-based firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, and Virginia San Fratello, an architect, artist and educator and a partner at Oakland, California based Rael San Fratello and in Emerging Objects, a pioneering design and research company that specializes in 3D printed materials and objects for the built environment.
The saltYgloo is an experiment in large-scale, light-weight additive manufacturing. It is constructed using 336 3D printed panels made from salt harvested from the San Francisco Bay, affixed together to form a semi-structural shell that is further supported with light-weight aluminum rods flexed in tension. The translucency of the tiles is achieved by the fabrication process and the natural properties of salt.
Project Date: 2013
Design Team: Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello, Seong Koo Lee.
Fabrication Team: Ronald Rael, Seong Koo Lee, Eleftheria Stavridi
Material Development: Ronald Rael, Mark Kelly, Kent Wilson
Special Thanks: Professor Mark Ganter, Solheim Lab, University of Washington, Ehren Tool, Department of Art Practice, University of California Berkeley, Department of Architecture, University of California Berkeley, Department of Design, San Jose State University, Kwang Min Ryu and Chaewoo Rhee.
Additional Information: The Saltygloo will be on display at the Museum of Craft and Design for the show New West Coast Design 2 from opening October 26, 2013 through January 5, 2014.