The Artpark Idea Series: Florian Idenburg + Omar Khan
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Artist residencies played a crucial role in establishing Artpark as a pioneering and influential arts organization and are key to our development. To raise awareness and funds for future residency programs, Artpark is launching a series of conversations with eight notable artists.
Hosted by Dr. Anthony Bannon and Artpark’s President, Sonia Clark, attendees will be able to engage with the artists live via Zoom.
Click here to view the full Artpark Idea Series schedule
Founded in 1974, Artpark soon became one of the leading locations for the land art movement, inviting hundreds of artists to build temporary works on site. The "Artpark Idea" was to create a place where visitors became active participants perceiving objects over time -- from shifting perspectives and in relationship to the architecture. A place where art, public, and site become inextricably intertwined.
Artistic creation at Artpark generated immediate social, historical, and ecological implications that artists embraced and incorporated into their processes. The result was art that belonged where it was and where the relationship between creator and receiver was dynamic and alive. How this idea influenced the artists then and what it may be now is in the center of our discussions with the artists and audience.
Artpark is grateful to Stanzi Vaubel and Indeterminacy Consulting Group for putting the idea forward for this series.
Florian Idenburg received a master in architectural engineering from Delft University. Since 2007 he has been an architecture professor of practice at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding SO – IL, he gained experience at the practice of Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) in Tokyo, where he led the design teams for the Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. He is the 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Köhler Prize, an award from the Prince Bernhard Royal Cultural Fund in the Netherlands for exceptional talent, and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome.
Omar Khan is a professor and the head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Khan joined CMU from the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, where he served as department chair for seven years. During his tenure as chair, the department’s reputation grew in response to his pedagogical innovations, especially in design-build experiential learning and research-focused graduate education. His efforts also led to the largest increase of sponsored research at the department. Khan’s research and creative activities span architecture, installation/performance art, and digital design and fabrication. At UB, he co-directed the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST) and was an editor of the Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series. CAST’s research focuses on pervasive computing technologies as they intersect with architecture. He also was a co-director of the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotics Technology (SMART) Community of Excellence. Through SMART, he worked with Boston Valley Terra Cotta, the largest architectural terra cotta manufacturer in North America, on developing digital workflows in the manufacturing process. Since 2017, he has organized the annual Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop (ACAW) that invites architects and artists to explore future architectural application for terracotta. He is also the co-principal, with Laura Garófalo, of Liminal Projects, an architectural research office, and partner with Jordan Geiger in Gekh, a design consultancy.
As architects, Idenburg and Khan have recently led Artpark's Master Plan along with the team of SO-IL, West-8, CharcoalBlue and Gekh with artistic residencies placed at the heart of the plan.
As artists, both have artworks scheduled for installation at Artpark, pending New York State Parks review and community support to raise funds for these installations and future artist residencies:
Murmuration was designed by Florian Idenburg, Ted Baab, Andrew Gibbs, and Ray Rui Wu. Inspired by Atlanta’s reputation as the “city in a forest” and by the High Museum of Art's proximity to the city’s abundant greenspace of Piedmont Park, SO–IL designed a 2,350-square-foot mesh canopy that evokes the environment of neighboring trees. This sculptural pavilion, complete with feeding stations and perches, also reflects upon the loss of billions of birds in recent decades. Visitors are invited to “perch and nest” alongside the birds in this outdoor mesh canopy. Murmuration was installed at the High Museum July 2020-February 2021.
The Artpark Grotto, a masonry installation designed by Laura Garófalo, Omar Khan, and Miguel Guitart, proposes a contemporary take on the traditional earthen grotto found in formal gardens. Historically, these subterranean shelters were constructed to provide respite from the heat and weather for visitors. They used earth and stones with openings for natural light to create cave-like spaces. The Artpark Grotto reconstructs the earth from industrially produced terra cotta panels manufactured by Boston Valley TerraCotta of Orchard Park, NY. These are individually cut on a waterjet cutter to create the smooth interior of the grotto that seems to have been eroded out of a solid block of earth. Its thick yet porous wall construction engages ambient flows of heat, air and water to shelter the visitors. The project reflects on our unique moment in time when we can essentially reinvent nature but also at its mercy.
While not able to participate in person, Agnes Denes (Artpark artist in 1977-79) has invited you to participate in her latest project -- a time capsule. Click here to complete a questionnaire to be included in a time capsule in London. It will collect the experiences of living through the pandemic and will be opened in the year 3020.