Untitled—Facade Studies II

Untitled—Facade Studies II, 2013

Untitled—Facade Studies II is the second of three series of drawings related to three houses by Rudolph Schindler: Schindler’s own residence at 835 North Kings Road in West Hollywood, the How House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, and the Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach in Orange County. Each of the series is composed of five collaged drawings. First, models were created—smaller drawings—which were then translated into large, built drawings. Untitled—Facade Studies II adopts the structure of the facade of Schindler’s residence on North Kings Road (1922). The drawings are of cardboard surfaces silk-screened in various matte colors. The works adopt and translate the rhythm and specific materiality of the individual architectural elements of the building. The small drawings that served as the basis for the large drawings were presented lying side by side on a table. By contrast, the large drawings were placed lying flat on sheets of aluminum mounted on the wall. A freely floating pane of glass was placed in front of them to protect them; it is suspended at two to four points on the top edge. The way the large drawings are presented causes the levels to shift: the pane of glass becomes the protective facade of the drawings; it reflects the surroundings and the viewers. Thus the projection of the work of art is redirected at the viewer: ideas of space and self-localization begin to interpenetrate.

Technique: multilayered collaged drawing
Materials: colored poster cardboard, transparent paper, foil
Image 1: 41 x 21 cm, Image 2: 72.4 x 21 cm, Image 3: 88 x 21.7 cm, Image 4: 92 x 21.3 cm

Untitled—Facade Studies II | Photo: Horst Kloever

Untitled—Facade Studies II | Photo: Horst Kloever

Untitled—Facade Studies II | Photo: Horst Kloever

Untitled—Facade Studies II | Photo: Horst Kloever