suburban siberia

transitioning from Los Angeles back to Edmonton

Category: Research

winter research

This winter I have been invited to work on a few installations. One has already happened in January at Latitude 53’s parka patio and there are a few more to come. A good friend of mine, Lindsay Farr (who I went to school with and is also an artist and intern architect) and I created an installation that hung overhead the auction item room. We had a lot of fun combining our ideas of what winter themed installations should look like at a party. Below are a few images we used as a reference to help us think about strategies and imagery of what we hoped to do. I should have some more president pages coming up for a few more installations I am planning.



 Here are a few photos of the installation along with a picture of some of the friends who helps us put it together.

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prism investigations

I’ve been working on a some ideas for my works’ Summer Solstice Patio Party this coming Friday. Thankfully there are a few people at work interested in helping  which means we will be able to make more than one installation for the evening. At first I was trying to design everything around the idea of a cloud but the shape is a too dynamic for the budget and for the number of installations we are trying to create. Once I realized how tough the shape was to deal with (in the mediums we were designating) I first thought to exploit the shape as an etherial installation on the roof deck. But because the weather is unpredictable (as it rained last year) I decided to create several pockets of interest as a device to encourage people to move about the party. So we have paired down the shape to be orthogonal and now I’m focusing on the idea of prisms which is still relatable to a summer solstice theme.  It’s a bit of a stretch but it sounds fancy to say prisms over a cloud.

At the community table we are creating a sectional installation made of paper which will be 30′ long taking inspiration from an idea that Tania my co-worker showed me a few weeks ago. The stairwell to the roof top patio will have macramé type triangles, influenced by string art – an idea that Cara, a student working at the office, and Courtney, our in-house chef had. We contained the idea into triangles instead of taking up a large space due to time and access to the space.  This type of installation has always appealed to me because when it takes up a large space it extends beyond a drawing (a line) and develops into a digital overlay – a coloured veil of an alternate dimension on top of the existing one.  Hopefully if we get those first two installed I can implement a canopy /covering that I am working on for the roof deck.

So far a few students from the office have begun working on the triangles for the stairwell  (mock ups shown below) and today I worked on dying fabric for the canopy. It was my first time working with dye so that was fun and it was beautiful out today so the timing was perfect. Early this week we will be setting up the paper sections over the table and the other two installations should be set up mid-week before Friday. Cross your fingers that it all works out. Below are a few images of this weeks progress.

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my co-worker testing out the material

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more input from my co-worker

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Thaw Hut Competition preparation

Yesterday I found out I was accepted into the 2014 Thaw Hut Competition put on by MADE in collaboration with the seventh annual Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival held in Edmonton from January 11 – 12. The festival situates itself along four closed blocks of Alberta (118) Avenue between 90 and 94 Streets.

That means I have less than one week and $100 to put together a shelter for 1-6 people. Tomorrow I will venture to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on the North Side with my father in law to see if I can put the $100 to good use. Here are some reference images that I am trying to keep in mind. They probably don’t make much sense yet but they are helpful to me.

material study

I also looked at Winnipeg’s Warming Huts competition page and I really like 2010’s ‘Apparition‘ by Antoine Predock Architect in collaboration with Scatliff+Miller+Murray Landscape Architects. Emergency blankets, or rather mirror mylar is something I have tried to work with several times in the past but I always end up ditching it in the final outcome. Lets hope I can use it this time!