PANEL DISCUSSION: ärkiˈtekCHərəl känvərˈsāSH(ə)ns Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn | MARCH 15, 2016 at 6:30PM

please come by the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn - should be a great show and conversation!  

Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn will present a panel discussion in conjunction with the current exhibition Arki,tekCHeral. The gallery talk will focus on syntactic systems of architectural forms and patterns in text, language and the built environment. It will explore ways that artists and architects expose, disassemble and reconfigure architectural artifacts in order to translate experience into a poetically communicative space, one that is visual and concrete. Joining the conversation will be gallery artists Matt Bua and Isidro Blasco along with architects, Naomi Darling and Ray Kinoshita Mann. The panel will be modified by the show’s curator, Sandy Litchfield.


                       Architecture, objects, fire, bodies, words –                                                                                                                         those five elements form a perfect whole in a small space,                                                                                             and an intensely personal time is passed.

                                                - Fujimori Terunobu, Fujimori Terunobu Architecture, pp 50.

 Sharing a bowl of tea in the context of Japanese Tea Ceremony is intimate, meditative, philosophical, and spiritual.  It demands that the participants are fully present in the moment.  The tea ceremony takes place within a tea room or cha-shitsu, sometimes housed within a stand-alone structure or tea house.  Although we are half a world and many centuries away from the birth of this tradition, there are many aspects of tea that are valuable to our society today.

 For architects, the traditional Japanese Tea House, known for its simplicity of program and space, is an exciting typology with which to test ideas and experiment with materials, technology and construction techniques.  In the fall of 2014, an architecture studio course, Tea House Design/Build - HACU 282, was offered at Hampshire College and enrolled in by students from Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College and UMass Amherst.  This exhibit will highlight student work undertaken over the course of the semester including models and analytical drawings of traditional and contemporary tea houses as well as ten unique full scale tea houses.