Brooks Outside: Pour Me AnotherBrooks Outside: Pour Me Another
Ball-Nogues Studio

April 16 - May 2 2021

Brooks Outside: Pour Me Another

Operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, LA-based Ball-Nogues Studio (BNS) is an integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Essential to each BNS project is the “design” of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement.

For Pour Me Another, the studio experiments with “the pour,” which resonates with such mid-century abstract painters as Jackson Pollock and contemporary sculptors and designers like Lynda Benglis and Gaetano Pesce. BNS pours tinted urethane foam in multiple layers to produce monumental structures that are aesthetically vibrant and structurally wind resistant. While the interior of the domes is smooth, like a painting, and similar to “light coming through a bowl of melted Jolly Ranchers,” the exterior appears like “cultivated slop,” says Ball.

Ball’s process entails developing a system of pours that are both controlled and loose. “Letting go,” he notes, “is the flip side of control. If one is conscious of it, letting go can be another mode of control. It is knowing when and where to let go that keeps the work from becoming a chaotic heap,” an observation that provides an apt metaphor for turbulent events this past year, and so many collective attempts at control, containing chaos, and embracing liberation.

BNS has won numerous awards, including three American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Awards and the 2007 Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Design Competition. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Saturday
17 Apr
2021
5:30 pm

Public Opening with 30 Days of Opera

Join us in celebrating the opening of Brooks Outside: Pour Me Another on the plaza with Opera Memphis Handorf Company Artists.

Free on the Plaza
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Ball-Nogues Studio
Integrated Design and Fabrication

Ball-Nogues Studio

Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the “design” of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement.

The Studio has exhibited at major institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. They have received numerous honors including three American Institute of Architects Design Awards, United States Artists Target Fellowships and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2007, the Studio was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program Competition and their work is part of the permanent collections of both MoMA and LACMA.  In 2011, they were one of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices and, in 2014, they were finalists for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize. Benjamin and Gaston have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and USC. Their work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Architectural Record, Artforum, Icon, Log, Architectural Digest, Mark and Sculpture.

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Integrated Design and Fabrication

Ball-Nogues Studio

Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the “design” of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement.

The Studio has exhibited at major institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. They have received numerous honors including three American Institute of Architects Design Awards, United States Artists Target Fellowships and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2007, the Studio was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program Competition and their work is part of the permanent collections of both MoMA and LACMA.  In 2011, they were one of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices and, in 2014, they were finalists for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize. Benjamin and Gaston have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and USC. Their work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Architectural Record, Artforum, Icon, Log, Architectural Digest, Mark and Sculpture.

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Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

The American art theorist Linda Nochlin (1931-2017) posed this question as the title of a pioneering article in 1971. This essay was considered one of the first major works of Feminist art history, it has become a set text for those who study art internationally, and it is influential in many other fields.

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? by Linda Nochlin