Flipping Properties was co-curated by Jennifer Davis & Su-Ying Lee, known as Rear View (Projects).
Flipping Properties I is a window exhibition presented at Art Metropole during June 2014.
Flipping Properties is the continuation of an ongoing study of super-furnitures by architect, Jimenez Lai, and the team of Bureau Spectacular. Commissioned by Rear View (Projects), the project will exist in two Toronto sites during Summer 2014. The Art Metropole window exhibit displays remnants from Lai’s design process including a miniaturized architectural mock-up and sketches of the cartoon world from which his theories originate. The project’s second iteration is an installation in a laneway located a short stroll from Art Metropole (opening July 11, 2014). Flipping Properties takes the familiar house icon (the pentagon) and the drawing convention of oblique projection as starting points for the design. Separate pieces of the installation tumble and relocate within the laneway creating an unconventional place for neighbours to gather and imagine the possibility of an architecture that can rotate and reorient infinitely.
Project supported by Toronto Arts Council & Ontario Arts Council.
Special thanks to:
- Murat Saman, Saman Design Inc.
- Barrymore Furniture
- Foamite Industries Inc.
- Eliot Callahan, Fabricator
- Sam Mogelonsky, Marketing
- FEAST Toronto
Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. Since graduating from the University of Toronto, he has published his first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, and has been collected by the MoMA and the New Museum. In 2012 he was named a winner to the Architectural League for Young Architects in New York and will represent Taiwan in the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. For more information, visit bureau-spectacular.net