I have been in Los Angeles to speak at the ITAA conference and conveniently staying next to the MOCA. My first visit to the museum, Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, changed the way I think about exhibition design.
And, my second visit was equally inspiring: Gordon Matta-Clark: “You Are the Measure”
As I walked through this beautiful exhibition, I kept thinking of the opening quote from Vicktor Papanek’s book Design for the Real World:
The wheel’s hub holds thirty spokes
Utility depends on the hole through the hub.
The potter’s clay forms a vessel
It is the space within that serves.
A house is built with solid walls
The nothingness of window and door renders it usable,
That which exists may be transformed
What is nonexistent has boundless uses.
This show has to be seen first-hand. And although there is a catalog for the exhibition, the detail, humor and spirit of the pieces seem to get lost in photography. The thread-drawn imagery is spectacular.
This piece from the permanent collection takes my breath away.