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Manferdini Completes Canvas Installation at Kyoto Seika University, Japan

Painted Canvas, a recently completed site-specific installation designed by faculty member Elena Manferdini of Atelier Manferdini, is currently on view at Kyoto Seika University in Japan.

Constructed with the help of students over the course of six months, Painted Canvas (shown below) investigates the relationship between rendered canvas and architectural envelopes, aiming to blur the distinctions between what is living or non-living, organic or technological, promising or threatening, true or synthetic.

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Painted Canvas/Kyoto Seika University/Elena Manferdini (Photos: Megumi Ohguri)

Ideas about nature and its simulation are central to this installation that invites viewers to question what is "real" and what is not. Constructed out of flat sheers of printed canvas, the installation wall borrows some of the techniques developed and mastered by Impressionism, and applies them to creating a specific architectural effect.

Manferdini, who teaches at SCI-Arc and coordinates the school’s Graduate Thesis programming, was invited to teach at Kyoto Seika University as visiting faculty in fall 2011. Part of a long-standing educational partnership between SCI-Arc and Kyoto Seika, each year students from both schools have the option to travel and study abroad in Los Angeles and Kyoto.

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