This past weekend, Saturday I believe, I decided to surprise my girlfriend with a random trip to the Drawing Center located in downtown Manhattan.Â Normally I tend to shy away from traditional art forms, namely those of the pencil and paintbrush variety, but something about this exhibition caught me eye.Â The name of the event was titled: Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities.Â No, it wasn’t just because both of our names is Frederick that I decided to see his work in person.Â I caught a glimpse of an advertisement for it in Metropolis Magazine.
The Co-Realities Exhibition focused cheifly Kiesler’s hand drawn work; considered an architect, I found that Kiesler paid little mind to the functionality or usability of his designs and instead he honed in on the interaction between a person and space.Â The first impression his work gave me was that of the late cubist/early futurist movement where artists such as Umberto Bocioni focused their art not on people, but their movement within a space.Â Â Instead of rambling on with my own observations, here’s an excerpt from the Drawing Center:
This exhibition explores the pivotal role drawing played in the interdisciplinary and multifaceted work of Austro-American designer, artist, theoretician, and architect, Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965). Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities will trace Kiesler’s interest in the expressive and conceptual possibilities of drawing through key projects and concepts from the 1930s to the 1960s, from his early work as a scenic designer to his revolutionary designs for Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of the Century Gallery, and his decades long investigation into the unique structure of his Endless House. As so few of Kiesler’s installations, sets, or projects remain or were ever realized, the drawings have become key to understanding his significant contribution to 20th century thought. Philip Johnson called Kiesler “the best-known non-building architect of our time.â€ Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities will feature an exhibition design by the New York-based architecture firm nArchitects. This exhibition is co-organized and curated by Dieter Bogner, President, Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna and JoÃ£o Ribas, Curator, The Drawing Center.
If you’re anywhere near Manhattan on vacation, or in general, I highly recommend going to the exhibition which ends on July 24th.