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02.11.05 - 03.27.05 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Marcelo Spina, PATTERNS: The ELEMENT

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The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the internationally recognized Los Angeles-based firm PATTERNS, headed by architect Marcelo Spina. Based on the winning scheme for the SCI-Arc Caf? and Board Room Competition, held in 2003, the objective of the installation is to construct its foremost prototypical element: a fluid composite object-surface that articulates a highly sculptural spatial transition and a sensual tactile effect. The installation consists of a monolithic MDF egg-crate armature clad with ABS white plastic skin members, embedded plastic seating booths and fiberglass monocoque tables that generate a complex spatial transition from a regular library stack system into a branching, bending array of continuous furniture. The ELEMENT is characterized by the dynamism of social interactions it precipitates, the vibrant form of its plastic materiality and its advanced form of fabrication and assembly.

Marcelo Spina is the founder and principal of PATTERNS, a Design Research Architectural Practice based in Los Angeles. With completed projects in South America, Asia and the US, PATTERNS pursues a materialist architecture of sensitive form and subtle intensity. Spina has received several design awards including the third prize in the 2003 Young Architect of the Year Award. A full-time member of faculty at SCI-Arc since 2001, Spina has lectured extensively in a number of institutions worldwide; he has been a visiting professor at the Technical University of Innsbruck in Austria, and has also taught at the National University of Rosario and the Di Tella University in Buenos Aires. PATTERNS projects have been published internationally in books and magazines including Next Generation Architecture - Folds Blobs and Boxes and Sessions. In 2004, PATTERNS work was part of the SFMOMA exhibit Glamour: Creating Affluence, Metamorph at the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy, and the Beijing Biennale in China. PATTERNS is also scheduled for a solo exhibition in 2005 at the Parque Espana Center of Contemporary Art in Rosario, Argentina.