A selection of images by SCI-Arc faculty member and architect Coy Howard will be on display at the Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery. Dubbed From Hand to Mouse/From Furniture to Architecture, Howard's exhibition includes 30 images of three speculative architectural projects and a collection of furniture designs. An opening reception will take place Saturday, March 27, 4-6pm.
Curated by LAHC art instructor Ron Linden, the exhibition blurs the boundaries between furniture and architecture, exploring the potential of the visceral acting in concert with the cerebral.
Present in Howard's images is the anticipation, similar to the moment when the orchestra is tuning up before a performance. While each image seduces one to relish the moment of seeing, a sheer curtain behind which the images are mounted creates an essential intimacy.
In speaking of Coy Howard, Pritzker Prize Winner and SCI-Arc founding faculty member Thom Mayne said, "Without a doubt, Coy Howard is one of the unsung heroes of American architecture. His influence on my work was substantial and of critical importance to my development."
In referring to Howard, architectural critic Jeffrey Kipnis, a visiting professor at SCI-Arc, has noted, "His teaching on the poetry of materials, and material assemblies, and his conviction in architecture's power to make our experiences of life not only more authentic but more vibrant, have quietly shaped a generation of students."
Coy Howard is a designer with a broad spectrum of interests and accomplishments. His furniture has been accepted for inclusion into the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Denver Museum of Art. Examples of his graphic designs are held in several international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has won a broad range of awards for his work, and consulted as an advisor to many major institutions, including The Getty Center, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Additionally, he has directed the undergraduate programs at The Southern California Institute of Architecture and The Environmental Arts at Otis College of Art and Design. He is currently a Professor at The Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Howard's exhibition will be on view at the Los Angeles Harbor College (1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744) beginning March 27 through May 7, 2010. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 11am-4pm, and by appointment.