Review: BLUEPRINT at Storefront for Art and Architecture

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Installation view of BLUEPRINT

Fifty blueprints in purple and blue hues line the wall. Filled with measurements, photographs, geometries and words, the pieces are understood as both a collection of blueprints and a collection of anecdotes. Displayed as traces, the delicate papers remind us of individual temporality, but also of collective methodologies in relation to time and space.

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Dana Hoey, Bikini Brawl, 1996

BLUEPRINT, on view at Storefront for Art and Architecture through March 21st, is fantastic. Curated by Sebastiaan Bramer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, the show takes the architectural staple and explores its traces not only in architecture and design, but in performance, conceptualism, public art and feminism. The works date from 1961 to 2013, and include pieces by Dana Hoey, Future Cities Lab, Haas & Hahn, Pamela Fraser and Vito Acconci, among others. And while there are certainly individual prints that are particularly strong, it is the collectivity of their display that makes the exhibition compelling.

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Border Garden, 2005.

Curated with brilliant clarity, BLUEPRINT offers a subtle examination of art and architecture’s narrativity. Rather than look forward, viewers are invited to look back. And rather than be struck with awe, viewers are forced to contemplate processes. Despite the overt mathematical overtones, no answer should be garnered. Rather, the result of looking becomes the consideration of the material – the fragility of an idea on paper and the remarkable projects that have and continue to be born from it.

BLUEPRINT is on view at Storefront for Art and Architecture through March 21, 2015. For more information visit their website. All photographs are courtesy of the organization.

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