“Unpacking the Cube,” curated by Andrew Zuckerman, brings together architects, Steven Holl, Leong Leong, and LEVENBETTS, at design gallery/storefront, Chamber.
Steven Holl Architects‘ diverse projects range from large scale plans like New York City’s Hudson Yards project to tiny industrial design objects including door handles. For this group show, the studio’s think tank/lab presents concrete, aluminum, walnut, and 3D printed objets d’art which reconsider architecture as an art and question its potential for shaping public space and social openness.
Heavily involved in the art world, Leong Leong designed the US Pavilion for the 14th Venice Biennale, and participated in Storefront for Art and Architecture’s “Past Futures, Present Futures” in 2012. Visionary brothers, Dominic and Chris Leong, work with concept-based designs to discover new solutions. In “Unpacking the Cube,” this design principle is showcased with their “Toolkit for a Newer Age” – a set of objects meant to prompt individual introspection and communal contemplation.
Architecture firm, LEVENBETTS presents “Not to Scale,” an ambitious representation of how a cube can be infinitely configured by flipping, mirroring, rotating, and shifting one shape. Based on a building block that is a quarter of a cube, open on both ends, its a form generated from a 60 degree cut. In “Unpacking the Cube,” 24 assembled pieces are displayed and allowed to be experienced as objects, furniture or buildings.
Multi-disciplinary artist, Andrew Zuckerman’s personal work includes photographing Iggy Pop, Ornette Coleman, Yoko Ono, and Adam Levine, releasing a book & documentary, “Wisdom,” featuring Nelson Mandela, Andrew Wyeth, Jane Goodall, and Edward Kennedy, collaborating with Apple, and premiering “High Falls” at Sundance Film Festival (receiving Best Short Film at Woodstock Festival). His interest in the natural world, while working with major brands allows for a keen attention to detail necessary for “Unpacking the Cube.”
“Andrew Zuckerman has an instinct for discoveries. “I troll weird auctions for things that slip through the cracks…” Zuckerman was attentive from the start to the idea of time. “As technology is rapidly advancing,” he says, “I think I’m drawn more and more to the things that haven’t changed.” – Surface Magazine
Cover photo credit: Guang Xu