Museum as Process, University of California, Davis, USA, 2016

Displayed in conjunction with the grand opening of the Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, “SOIL: Museum as Process” consists of artifacts that illustrate and interpret the process of creating the museum. Created in collaborations with artists and designers the exhibition comprises of two collaborative works with Studio TheGreenEyl and a series of three photographs by Luisa Lambri.

Studio TheGreenEyl and SOIL’s Connective Field is an exploration of the potential of the Manetti Shrem Museum’s canopy. The model is composed of a porous surface of the aluminum plate which hovers above a mysterious sequence of drawings. The images are activated by the movement and perspective of the viewer looking through its louvers. Different representations of activities are taken from the expertise developed at the university and happen mid-air, suspended in the space between the ground and the canopy.

The Zone is a light installation featuring a quote from Tarkovsky's Stalker, printed on the wall of the building with light-reactive ink. Three flashlights turn on, one after another. With each exposure a different section of the text is illuminated, clearly visible for a short period time, only to fade away again. After the text fades away the process begins again, in an endless cycle.

Luisa Lambri photographed the Manetti Shrem Museum during the summer of 2016. Her photographic work over the last two decades has focused on the interplay between architecture, light and space, either by deconstructing and abstracting modernist architecture or by investigating the work of other artists equally interested in the relationship between sculpture, light and space. Lambri’s delicately crafted photographs oscillate between objective representations of architecture and other sculptural forms and her reactions to and perceptions of the spaces she photographs in highly abstract fashion.

SOIL: Museum as Process” invites its viewers to experience museum architecture in a new way. One that is “neither isolated nor exclusive, but open and permeable; not a static shrine, but a constantly evolving public event,” in the words of Florian Idenburg, founding partner of SOIL.

 

List of Works

Connective Field, 2016
SOIL in collaboration with Studio TheGreenEyl
USA-Germany
Aluminum, Dibond print
Private collection

The Zone, 2016
SOIL in collaboration with Studio TheGreenEyl
USA-Germany
Mixed Media
Private collection

Untitled (Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, #01, #02, #03), 2016
Luisa Lambri
Born Italy, 1969
Fine art pigment prints
Ed. 5 + 2 AP
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

Location
University of California, Davis, USA

Program
Exhibition

Team
Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou, Pietro Pagliaro, Étienne Vallat

Collaborators
TheGreenEyl
Luisa Lambri

Museum as Process, Connective Field
Museum as Process, Connective Field
Museum as Process, Connective Field
Museum as Process, Connective Field
Museum as Process, Connective Field
Museum as Process, The Zone
Museum as Process, Connective Field and The Zone
Museum as Process, The Zone
Museum as Process, The Zone
Museum as Process, Untitled (Manetti Shrem Museum of Art #02, #01, #03), 2016, Luisa Lambri