Smooth Matter, the third exhibition in the MAK Center's Garage Exchange Vienna - Los Angeles series, is created by architect, former MAK Center resident, and professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna Bernhard
Sommer in collaboration with Los Angeles architect, professor and author Neil M. Denari. During his 2002 residency, Sommer
explored the possibilities of "fluid" architecture with his Transformer series. Sommer's interest in fluid forms and new fabrication technologies aligns with that of Denari, who has established
an international career that rejects the Modernist machine aesthetic in favor of organic, free-form design. Since the early 1990s, Denari has been a key proponent of smooth, free form surfaces generated via NURBS (non-uniform rational
basis spline), mathematical representations of curves and three-dimensional forms used in computer modeling. Denari and others
were inspired in part by the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, who in A Thousand Plateaus (1980) defined smooth space
as "amorphous and not homogeneous...and connected by processes of frequency." Sommer and Denari explore the possibilities of striation in Smooth Matter. They begin with an initial two-dimensional surface and analyze it using NURBS, eventually generating volumetric matter.
At the Garage Top, they present a series of flat hanging panels that stand across from their topological counterparts. The
two-dimensional geometry of the initial surface serves as a resource that determines the three-dimensional quality of an architectural
About Garage Exchange Vienna - Los Angeles The MAK Center for Art and Architecture's programming is guided by the imperative to promote dialogue and question boundaries,
be they geographic or disciplinary. Key to this mission is the Artists and Architects-in-Residence program, which embodies
these ideas by bringing international, early career practitioners to Los Angeles. In order to expand the cultural exchange
at the core of the residency program, the MAK Center has initiated a biannual exhibition series, Garage Exchange Vienna - Los Angeles, which invites Austrian and Vienna-based alumni residents to collaborate with L.A. artists and architects of their choosing
at the Garage Top at the Mackey Apartments.
Exhibitions in the Mackey Garage Top:
Sonia Leimer & Stephanie Taylor with Barbara Hammer. Bend a Bow 22.214.171.124.2012 Constanze Ruhm & Christine Lang and First Office 8.11.20131.3.2014 Hans Schabus & The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Double Crossings 16.11.20122.3.2013 Gerhard Treml & David Lamelas & Kaucyila Brooke 18.4.201416.8.2014 Andreas Fogarasi 7.11.20147.2.2015 This exhibition is made possible by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.
Mackey Garage Top
1137 S. Cochran Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019, USA T +1 323 651 1510
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, founded in 1994, is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary
center for art and architecture and is based today in three of the most important houses by the Austrian-American architect
Rudolph M. Schindler. The core of the programming includes the internationally sought-after MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, an annual residency program for emerging international artists and architects.