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From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now

Thursday Feb 26, 2015

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516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 242-1445
Website: Click to Visit





Phone: 505-242-1445
Website: Click to Visit

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516 ARTS announces From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now, showcasing contemporary work by established and emerging Albuquerque area designers and architects. The exhibition features both built and speculative projects. Varying widely in scale, the work demonstrates shared interests in innovation, experience, material, form and function. The exhibition is curated by Katya Crawford, Viviette Hunt, Kristen Shaw and Mira Woodson, and is part of the collaboration On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design ( 

From the architecture perspective, the diverse body of work elevates the design discourse and ignites the imagination by bringing together the strongest conceptual projects in conjunction with selected built works. The exhibition focuses on the Art in Architecture, featuring a wide array of presentation media, as creative and varied as the ideas portrayed. Work includes digital films in an immersive environment, cartographies that map the architecture of mind and memory, and interactive installations that invite the visitor to have a phenomenological experience. Two-dimensional imagery nested in suspended cubes offers the visitors an unconventional journey through Albuquerque’s design talent, while charcoal and mixed-media renderings portray the sensual and intuitive side of contemporary architecture and landscape architecture.

From the design perspective, the exhibition explores how well designed objects have the potential to change the way we see the world. Utilitarian and ornamental design converse via functional objects, fashion and jewelry. The diverse body of work reveals the use of traditional methods in new conceptual ways, challenges conventional notions of beauty and materiality, and demonstrates a rigorous appreciation of craft and making. 

The exhibition will include an expanded gift shop upstairs with an array of unqiue functional design items for sale including jewelry, lamps, tote bags, clocks and more.From the Ground Up also includes a series of opening events and pubic programs. See page 2-3, and check our website at

The curators of From the Ground Up have developed some creative installation projects to highlight the strength and diversity of Albuquerque design talent. In the White Cubes Installation, Albuquerque architects reside together in a suspended installation of white cubes. A portal in each cube reveals to the viewer a conceptual or built project. The diverse body of work creates a rich dialogue between materiality, technology, form and space, building and landscape, while the viewing format gives the visitor an intimate and spatial experience of the 2-D images. 

In Personal Cartographies, emerging designers from the School of Architecture and Planning hold a prominent space in From The Ground Up. The installation features the architectural process of 3-D modeling, which maps memory and identity. The individual cartographies are placed on 16 pedestals and compose a complex and imperfect grid, not unlike the city we inhabit. The material restraint, craftsmanship, composition and narrative reveal the foundations of an architectural design process.