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10.14.11 - 12.04.11 | SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Odile Decq: Anisotropy/Anisotropie

Exhibition Discussion: Friday, October 14, 7pm
SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss and Odile Decq discuss the installation
Reception to follow

Odile Decq: Anisotropy/Anisotropie, SCI-Arc Gallery
SCI-Arc is pleased to announce the exhibition Anisotropy/Anisotropie by Paris-based architecture firm Odile Decq Benoît Cornette, on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery from October 14 through December 4, 2011.

Constructed of mirror-clad walls that create a series of unique geometric spaces, the installation invites visitors to make their way through these spaces while experiencing a constant play of reflection and illusions. Decq's exhibition aims to induce a sensory experience, both vivid and discomforting, one that pulls the human mind in various directions simultaneously. The primary geometry of each space is the triangle, but by inclining the walls at different angles, the architect forces visitors to perceive the space as something different. Furthermore, due to the reflective quality of the walls, as visitors move through the space, they experience each of its sections as being infinite. Each is dis-functional—as to alter and obscure the perception we construct of the space—and each places the mind in a constant state of disorientation: first in time, then in place, and finally in person.

The sense of space is the basis of all social experience and of perceptual experience in general. Normally, the perception of space is forged through the analysis of sensory information gathered from our surroundings—our position, orientation, proximity, and other such relationships between us and the objects and people surrounding us. Anisotropy/Anisotropie questions the way we move through space and challenges the mental perception we elaborate by means of altering our magnetic anisotropic properties.

This exhibition is made possible through a generous in-kind donation from Marcos Lozano, ML Drywall Construction, Orange, CA.

About Odile Decq
Odile Decq is Principal of Odile Decq Benoît Cornette, Architectes-Urbanistes, in Paris, France. Since 2007, she has been serving as Executive Director of the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris. Decq set up her practice after graduating from La Villette in 1978, while studying political science in Paris and pursuing a post-graduate program in Urban Planning. Her first commission, Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes, France, completed in 1990, received international acclaim and numerous prizes. Publications documenting the building underlined the emergence of a new style born from punk rebellion, while also questioning the project, the use, the matter, the body, the technique, the taste, and the architecture of Odile Decq Benoît Cornette. In 1996, her firm was awarded a Golden Lion in Venice. Working independently since 1998, Decq has been true to her original style, while diversifying and radicalizing her research. Recently, she completed the new wing of the Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome (MACRO) in 2010, and the restaurant at Opera Garnier in Paris, in 2011.