Lisa Little, Chandler McWilliams, Objectum (William Andrew Atwood & Laurel Consuelo Broughton), Emily White
ARENA 1 is pleased to present UNRULY, an exhibition with three artists/architects and one architect team who employ four approaches to organization, composition and aesthetics. UNRULY gets its name from the tempting welter of materials, ideas and choices that threaten to inundate any project. The work includes examples of those temptations brought to order in the form of drawings, spreadsheets, robotics, the action of time, luminosity, hairstyling and computer coding. Curators Lisa Little and Emily White invited three colleagues to join them in an “examination of the relationship between lusciousness and control” to make visible the undercurrents that flow through the creative process. The opening coincides with the 7th Anniversary Open Studios of Santa Monica Art Studios.
Lisa Little is co-founder and principal of LAYER, a Los Angeles-based architecture practice. Her approach to design at LAYER and in her independent projects is rooted in rigorous material experimentation and a sensitivity to the nuances of human perception, engaging ambient phenomena through built form. Current projects include a house in Venice and installations at the Skirball Cultural Center and the New Children’s Museum in San Diego.
She holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a BS in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Little has worked as an associate at Patrick Tighe Architecture and as a designer in the office of Pugh+Scarpa Architects. She teaches design studios at Woodbury University. LAYER’s projects have appeared in the 2010 California Design Biennial, Interior Design, The Los Angeles Times, and at Materials & Applications.
LAYERco-founder and principal Emily White works with large-scale artworks and drawings to explore the aesthetics of inundation – ideas which she also pursues in independent projects. She has exhibited, lectured and published on topics ranging from manufactured islands to the history of code in fibrous architecture.
She holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a B.A. from Barnard College. She has worked for Testa + Weiser and Naga Studio Architecture, Dubai, and has taught design studios at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Berkeley and Woodbury University and is currently on the faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Chandler B. McWilliams is an artist, programmer, and writer who completed graduate work in philosophy at The New School For Social Research in New York City and is the co-author of Form + Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). He lives in Los Angeles where he teaches in the department of Design Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. Philosophy continues to play a strong role in his work, which focuses on themes of becoming, repetition, chance, time, behavior, play, and epistemology.
Objectum is an ongoing collaboration between designers Andrew Atwood of Atwood-A and Laurel Consuelo Broughton of WELCOME. Objectum was formed around the idea that seemingly static stuff can have personalities – ones that allow us to have increasingly intimate relationships with inanimate things. Objects play and Objectum plays with them.
Laurel Consuelo Broughton, as director of WELCOME, explores the intersection of fashion, interiors, and architecture. She received her B.A. from New York University (NYU) in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory and her M.Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She is on the design faculty of the USC School of Architecture. Her work has appeared in a variety of forums including, Newsweek, Elle Italia, Lucky, Volume, North Drive Press, Core77 and the Storefront for Art and Architecture.
William Andrew Atwood is full-time faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He graduated from the Harvard University GSD (Graduate School of Design) in 2007. In addition to OBJECTUM, he is the founder and director of ATWOOD-A, a design firm interested in the expanding roles, ambitions and ambiguities of architecture’s various mediums.
ARENA 1 is an exhibition space founded by Santa Monica Art Studios directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin. Based in an historic hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, ARENA 1 invites internationally known as well as newly established curators to develop innovative and compelling exhibitions.