Architectural Models, Drawings and Images by Randall Stout
This exhibition presents a selection of models, drawings, and images, tracing the prolific career of Randall Stout. Randall Stout, FAIA, RAIC, AAA is the President and Principal-in-Charge of Los Angeles-based Randall Stout Architects, Inc. Since founding his practice in 1996, Stout has designed projects worldwide including prominent museums across North America. His projects are known for dynamic forms, state of the art technology, and environmental sustainability. Considered a visionary whose evocative design aesthetic consistently challenges architectural conventions, Stout creates environments that capture the unique composition of their natural surroundings, while transforming light, shadow, form, and materials into innovative architecture.
Photo: Randall Stout, Steinhude Sea Recreational Facility, Steinhude, Germany, 2000
Vacancy: Paintings by Matt Condron
Beginning in his early twenties, Matt Condron has called New York City, rural Montana, Arizona, Seattle, San Francisco and even Mexico home. It is partly from this nomadic life that Condron’s artistic sensibility has developed from. A passionate observer, the 35mm camera was Condron’s first vehicle that gave voice to his unique and sensitive vision. Having spent many years as a photographer, Matt Condron is trained to recognize the importance of a moment or the preciousness of a fleeting opportunity. He is captivated by the idea of emptiness, as both a suggestion of solitude and as a state rife with the possibility of change and fulfillment. As a painter, he seeks out familiar, evocative scenes and concentrates on capturing the stillness of an empty room or vacant chair. His paintings can be seen as solitary, or as simply aberrant pauses between moments of frantic activity. Ultimately, Condron creates scenes – part representation of real places, part invention from deep in his mind. The openness of his works invites the viewer to share the moment of quiet with him. By choosing places that seem to have been abruptly vacated, he attempts to awaken a connection to the moment before, or to the quietude he preserves inside himself in the form of memories.
Matt Condron was born in 1967 in Simi Valley, CA. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, OR, Boston, New York and his work has been published in The Boston Globe Magazine (Critic’s Pick, July, 2010), The Artist’s Magazine, OTCT Crier, The Artist’s Magazine, Riviera Magazine, and American Art Collector.
Photo: Matt Condron, After Hours Foyer, 2012, oil on canvas, 34 x 24 inches.
Harry Wilson: The Museum Set
For over 35 years, photographer Harry Wilson has focused his work on travel experiences and his response to place. As an avid art, lover his travel excursions often led him to notable museums. But in a place where the art of picture taking is commonly forbidden, Wilson began to direct his gaze to the environments surrounding the museum walls. “Everything is a possible subject. The key is to remain open, receptive, with no preconceived ideas.”Mastering the use of black and white film photography, Wilson has been capturing the history, culture, architecture and design of museums all over the world. Museum Set features over 70 black and white photographs depicting scenes from the Museum of Ethnology in Vietnam to the Maritime Museum in Greece.
“The art of photography is simply about expressing yourself regarding what you see and feel. My photographs are rather varied, some areabout the act of seeing, some are studies of form or the other graphic elements. But organizing the frame is of utmost importance. I think of this as the geometry of the camera. But regardless of the actual subject matter, the photographs are usually about self and place, about being human, and the beauty and horror that we experience.”
Photo: Harry Wilson, Trees, Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, 2006, silver gelatin print, 8 x 12 inches.
“the Whey (way) n: to center”
Drawings by Amie T. Rangel
Amie T. Rangel is an artist rooted in traditional methodologies, with an observation-based practice. Her current work investigates the repetitive structure and laboratory-like forms based from extensive research conducted at agricultural facilities.
Rangel’s experience in each facility presents a delicate balance of the sacred and the secular, restriction and protection, confinement and efficiency, authority and submission. The organization of research and agricultural facilities and that of urban institutional spaces found in hospitals, factories, prisons, and schools not only serve their function, but speak of deeper social constructs. The purpose of this body of work is not to find a definitive meaning, singular answer, or solution to the complex structure of institutional frameworks, but to raise awareness of spatial constructs within modern human society. The intentional lack of contrast and color leaves little reference as to when or where these spaces exist and how these spaces function.
Amie T. Rangel graduated with a BFA in Drawing/Painting and Printmaking (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University in 2005. She furthered her studies at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana before receiving an MFA from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2009.
Photo: Amie Rangel-Illumination-I, 2011.