Events | Re-Construction

Los Angeles | September 9, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Lovell Beach House, 2008, silk screen print on glass, 115-1/4 x 158-1/2 inches


The Temperature of Modernism

Conversation between former Villa Aurora Fellow Veronika Kellndorfer, Mark Lee and Merry Norris.

Veronika Kellndorfer utilizes photographs of architecture taken in Los Angeles, Rome, Paris and most recently São Paulo, choosing sections, details, and perspectives to print as silkscreens on glass. Her works are substitutes for reality, recurring in public spaces and museums, linking and overlapping different spaces and times, a hunt for traces. Her publication, case studies, layers of light and reflection, alludes to eminent architectural books from the 1960s and 70s, while, at the same time, showing how the artist uses various techniques to bring to light the disturbing potential and aesthetic externals of these architectural icons. Kellndorfer’s process presents retro-utopianism as a projection machine, figuring memory as future.
Merry Norris, Hon.AIA/LA, is a longtime art collector, art consultant and art curator. She was instrumental in founding and funding the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (1979-1984) and years later, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2002-2013. Norris has served on many important Boards of Directors in the city of Los Angeles, and for 27 years has continued to be a very involved Trustee at SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture. Her Public Art compositions have received high acclaim, and she delights in maintaining a strong curatorial relationship with “her hotel,” the ANDAZ West Hollywood (Hyatt) on the Sunset Strip. Maintaining her beautiful house in the Bird Streets of Los Angeles occupies endless devotion and time, although the pine needles remain an annoying component.
Mark Lee is an architect and co-founder of one of California’s most internationally regarded architectural offices. Recently, JohnstonMarklee won the competition for the Drawing Center of the Menil Collection and received the Next LA Honor Award for its Chile House. With deep knowledge of both architectural history and contemporary discourse and construction practices, Mark directs design teams through critical research while striving for efficiency and precision in production. He has written and lectured widely on his research regarding culture specific landscapes and new strategies in material form and technology. He teaches at Harvard University, and has taught at UCLA, Rice University in Houston, the ETH in Zurich, and the Technical University of Berlin.


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