FREDDY (in collaboration with Gean Moreno)
Freddy is a coupling system that allows the production of numerous different architectural spaces and object typologies. It exploits standard plywood sizes and the stackability of the plastic bucket. Various iterations of the system exist.
It has been used to produce:
– an outdoor pavilion ( commissioned by the Bass Museum in October 2009)
– an outdoor pavilion ( commissioned by the Miami Art Museum, 2010)
– an indoor pavilion, of which two versión exist, one using 8’ x 4’ planes and the other using 16” x 96” planes
– a series of tables
– a series of display structures
– a pop-up shop/display kiosk
Freddy is linked to a larger research Project involved with the understanding and theorizing of generic objects as the function at multiple levels, from the circuits of global trade to their repurposing in low-income neighborhoods. A text on generic objects was published in E-FLUX JOURNAL 18.
Using repeating, standard units allows Freddy a certain flexibility in producing spaces with incorporated seating arrangements, tables, stools, lamps, trash bins, and display shelves.
Each of the patterns used in the planar modules is indexed by a different color.
Jenny is part of a series of projects that explore objects that have been taken out of the infrastructures and circulation systems for which they were designed, and have subsequently been employed in unexpected ways. The goal of these projects is to recognize and record the new logics that are applied to these objects, while, at the same time, attempting to push further the productive and re-purposing impulses that underscore them.
Jenny is a modular unit that exploits the stackability of milk crates in order to optimize the use of these objects and to produce functional architectural spaces. It has been used as screen room seating, a display structure, and a bookshelf.
Jenny comes in two sizes: 48” and 72”. Each sized is indexed by a different color.
A text on generic objects was published in E-FLUX JOURNAL 18.
Gean Moreno & Ernesto Oroza
“Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza articulate the world of generic objects sculpted by the brutally abstract flows of trade logistics, global exchange, and abject necessity. They key into a type of formal engagement that not only bypasses and supersedes modes of display, but also considers concrete object-production in terms of a kind of “meta-author” working at the intersection of small-scale need and worldwide processes of industrial standardization. “What is most interesting about the generic quality is that it clarifies objects as compressed and manipulable energy and information, free of the magical cloak of meaning and added value with which the fairy dust of sanctioned creativity wraps them.””
Tiles, 2010. Customized vinyl adhesives tiles.
Vinyl tiles (12in by 12in) and graffiti.
Exhibited: Improvising Architecture IFAE MIA, Miami, U.S.
Declaracion: Este proyecto se auto declara temporal. Entiende que en el paisaje infinito de lo genérico los gestos vernáculos se disuelven, ruedan minúsculos hasta desaparecer, como los huesos de opossum en la carretera interestatal I-95.
How Morocco Slate, Senegal Burnt Almond and Regal Wood becomes Jamaican Genetic or Orange Possum?
More info and text about this project here.
Night Shift (in collaboration with Gean Moreno)
Sleepless Night at Bass Museum of Art and Collins Park 11/7/09. Curated by Jerome Sans.
Sleepless Night 2009 is right around the corner and this year, Bass Museum of Art will once again be the center of activity with “Night Shift,” a collection of installations and sculptures in Collins Park from 6pm – 2am. Set to live music from artist/DJ Jerome Sans, a highlight of the exhibition is a collaborative piece titled “Viking Funeral” that is a monolithic 30-foot Nirvana “t-shirt” that can be explored from the inside out.
The Bass Museum of Art will once again be the center of activity during Sleepless Night with “Night Shift,” a group of exciting and unexpected site-specific installations and sculptures in Collins Park curated by Jerome Sans. Sans was the founder and co-director of the world-acclaimed Palais de Tokyo, the cutting-edge contemporary art center that opened in Paris in 2002. Currently he is Director of one of the first nonprofit art centers in Beijing, the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, and is Cultural Curator for Le Meridien Group. He was co-curator of the Paris Nuit Blanche in 2006, and is also a rock musician and DJ – he’ll be providing the live soundtrack for “Night Shift.”
Participating South Florida artists include Jim Drain and Brooke O-Harra, Christy Gast, Julie Kahn, Nicolas Lobo, Ernesto Oroza & Gean Moreno, Tom Scicluna, and Frances Trombly. A very unique collaborative piece “Viking Funeral” will also be featured, that is a monolithic 30′ Nirvana “t-shirt” that can be explored from the inside out!
Paravan (in collaboration with Gean Moreno). Plywod, printed tabloids. 2009
Paravan is a folding screen with a twofold purpose:
1) it is a surface on which we can index the materials and modules that we employ; and
2) it is used to produce functional architectural spaces.
In this iteration it was used as a support display for an archive of milk crate patterns that we have collected and printed in our tabloids, as an index of two of the modules that we have used in the Freddy system, and as the walls of a reading room.