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A NEW SCULPTURALISM: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California

A NEW SCULPTURALISM: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California

The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is currently presenting “A NEW SCULPTURALISM: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California,” an exhibit showcasing the work of some of Southern California’s finest architects, including Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Frank Gehry, and the list goes on to thirty-eight architecture firms.  These firms are chosen to be a part of this exhibition due to their relentless contributions to contemporary architecture in Southern California in the past twenty-five years.  A series of computer drawings, sketches, and renderings as well as a wide range of scaled models are presented.  The exhibition is organized and delineated by bold graphics on the various program types such as: pavilion, residential, educational, commercial, etc.  One can freely meander through the space with a clear sense of the different types of architecture they are about to experience.

As a young architect who recently located to California, I find this exhibition extremely inspiring.  There’s an abundance of great modern architecture with so many creative and talented architects in California.  The Phare Tower by Morphosis is particularly impressive with a highly detailed six foot tall model, demonstrating the elaborately well thought out interweaving of the various circulations.  There’s a strong sense of movement from the twisting form of the tower.  It’s very dynamic in the way how it branches out at ground level and how it feathers out at the top as if it’s dissolving into the sky.  I am thoroughly impressed by every project in this exhibition.