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EXHIBITIONS: Fri, January 13, 2012

01.13.12 - 02.26.12 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Opening reception: January 13, 7pm; Exhibition Discussion: February 10, 7pm
Ramiro Diaz-Granados/Amorphis: Go Figure

Round-table panel discussion with architect Ramiro Diaz-Granados and faculty members Andrew Zago and Marcelyn Gow.

SCI-Arc Gallery: Go Figure from Ryan Tyler Martinez on Vimeo.

SCI-Arc is pleased to announce the exhibition Go Figure by Los Angeles-based architect Ramiro Diaz-Granados (B.Arch '96) of Amorphis, on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery from January 13 through February 26, 2012. Seeking to shift the role of the figure from a metaphorical device to a subliminal one, Go Figure promotes simultaneity in the evolution of the delineated figure by distributing cartoon and visceral features across a three-dimensional, spline based form.

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Photography: Ryan Tyler Martinez, Rafael Ruiz, Joshua White

A delineated figure is repeated four times into two symmetrical pairs. Each pair is situated in the gallery according to different transversal regulating lines stemming from the relationship between the ground and the ceiling. One pair is centered within the space, the other is centered under one of the structural bays. Together they fill the space in a composition that confounds the legibility of each figure in favor of more sensate qualities with allusions to calligraphy and graffiti. The figures are made out of powder-coated aluminum sheet, laser cut, and friction-fit. An assembly method has been devised so as to evade the conventional reliance on hardware. This pushes the project into further allusive territory, conjuring up the botanical (sprouting) and hvac ducting (crimping). The color palette consists of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Each figure is a unique combination of three of the four colors with a progression from one to the next allowing each color to be used three times and producing secondary and tertiary chromas which shift as one moves around and through the installation. The drawings represent a series of part-to-whole relationships with references to various painting/drawing genres. From one configuration to four elements to twelve strips to forty-eight segments to one-hundred-forty-four pieces.

Go Figure is supported in part by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

About Ramiro Diaz-Granados
Ramiro Diaz-Granados is Principal of Amorphis, and is a full-time design faculty member and the graduate portfolio coordinator at SCI-Arc. A full service architectural design studio located in Los Angeles, Amorphis is engaged in speculative and building practices with an emphasis on a hands-on approach to experimentation. With services ranging from the design of objects and furniture to interiors, buildings, and landscapes, the studio limits the number of projects at a given time in order to produce deeply idiosyncratic works. As an advocate for a vitalist-materialist ethos in the production of architecture, Amorphis pursues a design agenda that oscillates within a matter/geometry complex. Prior to founding Amorphis in 2009, Diaz-Granados was co-principal of F-Lab with Heather Flood, where they won and placed in several competitions, including the SCI-Arc "Conference Room Table" (built), L.A. Forum "Liner Competition," and Mercedes-Benz "National Trade Show Pavilion." He also worked for and collaborated with the award-winning firm Gnuform. From 1997 to 2002, he was co-principal of Arxis, a Los Angeles architectural practice, where he designed and built several projects in Southern California and Mexico. Diaz-Granados received his Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc in 1996 and a Master of Architecture from UCLA in 2003, during which he was awarded the Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Traveling Fellowship in Architecture.

Manferdini Wins Good Design Award for Product Concept

The Blossom open-work fruit bowl designed by SCI-Arc faculty Elena Manferdini for Alessi, a renowned Italian kitchen and housewares company, recently received a Good Design 2011 award in the Tabletop category from the Chicago Athenaeum.

Good Design bestows international recognition upon the world’s most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing original, innovative product concepts, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design.

Blossom is Manferdini’s first item designed for Alessi, borrowing technique and tradition from the arts and crafts movement and featuring and interconnected quatrefoil pattern, as a result of research and testing.

Now in its 61st year, the Good Design Award remains the oldest and most recognized program from design excellence worldwide, conferred annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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