Fabricating Wilderness: Presencing Nature Through the Specter of Sullivan

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fabricating Wilderness: Presencing Nature Through the Specter of Sullivan

Exhibit Opening: August 1st
Reception: September 12th
ExhibitClose: September 26th

Exhibition curated by Dr. Tao Sule-DuFour,
2013-14 SARUP Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
For more information about this exhibition, contact AUP Gallery Curator Kyle Reynolds.

Exhibition Summary: This exhibition brings to a close and presents the work of Tao DuFour during his term as Architecture Fellow 2013-14 at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning. It follows from DuFour’s earlier spring exhibition of student work from the design studio he taught as Distinguished Visiting Design Critic, as well as preliminary research, and completes his thematic and concrete investigations as SARUP Architecture Fellow. The work presented is the result of both theoretical inquiry and technical investigations in the labor of fabrication. The theoretical basis of the work is a meditation on the motif of wilderness, as this emerged in the intellectual context of 19C America. The work takes on this context as an inheritance. Fortunately, and in the spirit of anything that is concretely handed down, physical artefacts were preserved, namely, molds for the casting of façade panels based on the design of ornament by Louis Sullivan. By means of these artefacts as a type of ‘writing’ – a mode of communicating ideas in the absence of the one who thinks them – the theoretical inquiry into the 19C theme of wilderness was mixed with concrete studies of geometry, ornament, and casting techniques. In this way, the work attempts to bring to visibility the echoes of an earlier understanding of the transcendental meaning of Nature, as ambiguous and haunting as this may have been, and continues to be.