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Lens Pavilion

TOGS 3 International Design Competition Finalist 2010 Personal work

The TOGS (temporary outdoor gallery space) competition asks its participants to design a modular art pavilion that can be easily assembled and disassembled, shipped, and stored. These small galleries are intended to be utilized during Art Week Austin - clustered along 1st Street, providing spaces for local artists and craftspeople to display their work. Among the stated purposes of the TOGS is to showcase the ‘synergy between art and architecture.’ The exterior architecture of museums and gallery spaces often respond to the built and cultural environments in which they find themselves, but often that connection dies in a glow of white walls, wood floors, and diffuse lighting as soon as we enter. The pieces, at this point, may hold some fragile bond to their residence, but very little to the world outside those walls, and much less to those visitors who wander the halls. Lens attempts to explore this disparity through integration of context, both live and environmental, by pulling the outside into the gallery space while, at the same time, pushing the art out. This is done, primarily, through a system of modular panels, infilled with lenses. Convex lenses make up the majority of the panel. This lens shape has the effect of blurring and magnifying what’s viewed through it. While one is within the TOGS, they perceive an array of magnifications of the environment surrounding them; at the same time, these images are blurred. So, while the viewer is at once having environmental context thrust upon them, it is also abstracted to the point of nonrecognition, leaving them with the ability to absorb the art without intense distraction. For those passers-by of the TOGS, the reverse occurs, and the interior is arrayed and magnified; projecting itself into the world. This is true for all but an eye-level (from the exterior) band of concave lenses, which condense what is viewed through them, allowing a wider field of vision. Through these, the TOGS draws people close to peer through its surface, and receive a new perspective on what’s within. While the lens panels acknowledge the more static context (placement and product), a dynamic panel system addresses the impact of the audience; the more transient force at play. These panels make up a second layer within the lens shell, and may consist of varying materials to serve a variety of uses, dependent on the needs of the exhibitor. Able to slide, they encourage interaction between the viewers and the space, and therefore the art. Light and shade can be manipulated, as can views from the outside be affected. A visitor is allowed to more directly explore their relationship with the work by adjusting its environment, as can they affect the perceptions of others simultaneously. Lens array exterior perspective

Portfolio 2016  

Cory Boden

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