SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini has been awarded one of the prestigious 2012 ARC grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). The grant will enhance Manferdini’s research and design of a full scale pavilion to be built inside the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). The pavilion will be exhibited in MOCA’s upcoming exhibition A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California funded by The Getty Foundation as part of the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. initiative.
Tempera Pavilion, MOCA, Spring 2013 │ Atelier Manferdini
Exploring novel painterly techniques applied to the field of architecture, the Tempera pavilion by Atelier Manferdini creates an immersive, fantastic garden for MOCA, where visitors can see their own images reflected into a three-dimensional immersive painted canvas. The pavilion’s outside surface is covered by 150 floral panels, made of powder-coated, folded aluminum. This flower configuration relentlessly arranged in repeated panels strives for an abstraction and flatness that diverges from any attempts at realism. The finished surface is a deliberate appeal to the viewer’s attraction to the playful, fictional and pop aesthetic, representing a clear statement that architecture enters into the imaginary realm of our "eye-candy" culture.
Recognizing artists' accomplishments and the impact of their work in the Los Angeles community, the ARC grants program was established by the Durfee Foundation in 2000 in an effort to provide a dedicated resource for individual artists living in Los Angeles County. In 2011, the Durfee Foundation partnered with CCI in helping advance the careers of more than 500 individual artists working in all disciplines.