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Elena Manferdini Receives 2013 Graham Foundation Grant for MOCA Pavilion

SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini of Los Angeles-based Atelier Manferdini, received a 2013 Graham Foundation for the Arts grant to support the design and construction of her indoor, temporary pavilion, Tempera.

Currently on view in the A New Sculpturalism architecture show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, Manferdini's pavilion (shown here) is a fantastic garden where visitors see their own images reflected into a three-dimensional immersive painted canvas.

Tempera Pavilion│Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles│Atelier Manferdini

The subject of the graphic depictions of the pavilion reinterprets the topic of “Still Nature.” In particular, the original subject represented is 3D scanned acquisitions of natural elements such as flowers and insects. Nature, first frozen by a scanner into realistic three-dimensional computer geometry, slowly melts into liquid paint on a digital color palette. The finished surface of the pavilion is a deliberate appeal to the viewer’s attraction to the playful, fictional, pop aesthetic, which represents clearly that architecture enters into the imaginary realm of our “eye-candy” culture.

Manferdini has been teaching architectural design studios and technology seminars at SCI-Arc for the past nine years. Currently, she is coordinator of the school’s graduate thesis program. She has also held visiting professorships at Cornell University and Seika University. Her practice, Atelier Manferdini, founded in 2004, is based on a multi-scale work methodology and embraces the philosophy that design can participate in a wide range of multidisciplinary developments that define our culture.