Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20th | 5:30 - 7:30
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
210 Rapson Hall | University of Minnesota
89 Church St SE | Minneapolis
Former architecture professor and founder of RSP Architects, Michael Plautz spent most of his life designing and thinking about architecture. The base of Plautz's work was seeing by drawing. Sacred places, gardens, and creatures are featured in the watercolors and drawings by Michael Plautz, in this commemorative exhibition.
The perFORM 2014 jury includes:
• Daniel Friedman, University of Washington Department of Architecture
• Jim Graham, Graham Baba Architects
• Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand
• Gladys Ly-Au Young, Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young
• Robert Peña, Integrated Design Lab (Peña also serves as perFORM advisor.)
• Jeffrey Stuhr, Holst Architecture
• Daniel Thomas, Hammer & Hand
Bongoût existed from 1995-2012 and was started by Meeloo Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård. They produced silkscreen artists books and gig posters. Everything is completely handmade. They also did commissioned graphic design work for a variety of clients such as underground record lables and world music festivals to corporate clothing companies and tobacco companies.
"Bongoût" means "good taste." The idea for their name came from a song by The Cramps called "You Got Good Taste."
"Our books are considered too raw to be contemporary art and too arty to be underground. They fit somewhere between the two but they don't fit anywhere in particular."
Some of the work they print is considered sexually explicit. Their response is that it is about freedom of speech and freedom of thinking and about questioning the limits of what can be created and published. They believe subversion is defending freedom of speech. Bongoût says they also just enjoy being subversive.
All of their works are in limited editions ranging from 50-180 editions. They do not reprint anything because they constantly wanted to produce new work.
DO IT YOURSELF
DIY is their motto. They choose the artists they want to work with. They print the book, do the color separations, choose the paper stock and print, fold and bind the books by hand. When they make the book they improvise. They do not make a plan and they create as they go, coming up with many unique books.
"It can be hard to find places to stock the books because they're strange formats. If you put them on a shelf, you're either not going to see them or they're going to get ruined."
Most of the items are in some sort of book format. There are also loose prints, posters, hand sewn fabric covers, printed cardboard boxes. Some resemble a book of prints, some unfold accordion style, and others are more zine-like.
Even though Bongoût ceased production in 2012, you can still follow Anna Hellsgård & Christian Gfeller' s work here: www.resurgo-berlin.com
This entire archive consisting of over 100 items will be added to our Gorman Rare Art Book Collection which is housed in the James Ford Bell Library, located on the 4th floor of the Wilson Library. You can make an appointment to look at these materials.
We have several works about him in our collection.
We have this book, "Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties," in our collection.
The Gorman Rare Art Book Collection contains an exhibition catalog from the MOMA, published in 1970, titled, "This book about the Work of Claes Oldenburg was written by Barbara Rose for the Museum of Modern Art." You can view this item in the James Ford Bell Library which is located in the Wilson Library. Plan your visit.
Browse through our works on Claes Oldenburg
There will be a exhibition on art and labor in the Quarter Gallery at the Regis Center for Art this spring, curated and juried by University of Minnesota undergraduate student Anna Meteyer.
About the Exhibit
The exhibition will explore the role of human labor within, outside of, and in opposition to today's capitalist system, both on a global scale and within our own communities, throughout history and in the present day. The exhibition aims to both cry out in solidarity with those suffering exploitation under capitalism, and also celebrate the self-determination and resistance exercised among laborers who stand against the system, whose struggle has defined laborers as powerful political agents throughout history.
Artists whose work addresses one or more of these themes are invited to submit 3 examples of their work for consideration. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, 100 word artist statement, 100 word artist biography, and three examples of work in digital (jpg) files, and an image list including title, the date created, the medium, and the dimensions.
Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013
The call for artists is published on MN Artists
The companion exhibit will feature related historical and documentary materials from Gorman Rare Art Book Collection as well as from other University of Minnesota Libraries. This companion exhibit will be organized by Anna, Arts & Architecture Collections Intern, Lindsay Keating and Arts & Architecture Librarian, Deborah Boudewyns.
Reviving the Icon
The Flinders Street Station Design Competition
The winner: HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron
"Focusing on the need for renovation, preservation and development, the government of the Australian State of Victoria announced a $1M international competition in November 2011, with a goal to revive the landmark site and enhance its importance as the city's gateway public space. The competition followed a two-stage process according to AIA guidelines, with the first round of design proposals submitted by mid-2012 and second round proposals due in 2013."
About Flinders Street Station:
"Since its construction over a century ago, Melbourne's Flinders Street Station has remained as an impressive example of public architecture throughout the city's history. However, the gradual deterioration of the building over the last 50 years has greatly diminished the image of the Flinders Street Station of today. Nevertheless, despite the neglect of the upkeep, the station continues to be used by more than 150,000 passengers every day, with the intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets remaining to be the busiest intersection in Melbourne."
Article includes more pictures of the winning design as well as pictures of the six finalists' designs.
Halftime at the Nobel Center Competition
The Adjudication Process Not Completely Anonymous
"Art is that Ithaca, a green eternity, not wonders. Art is endless like a river flowing, passing, yet remaining."
- Jorge Luis Borges
TALES OF ENVIRONMENTAL TURBULENCE:
The Common Trail of Art and Science
Curated by Roslye Ultan
WHEN - October 17, 2013 - January 6, 2014
by Virajita Singh, Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Building Research and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, College of Design. Drawings, photos and artefacts document Singh's lake walks and her explorations as an artist present to nature. The exhibit in the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library Gallery will be up through September 12, 2013.