Making Space presents the work of FRANCISCA BENITEZ and PAWEL NIEDZWIECKI. As Architects-in-Residence, both practitioners have responded to SUPERFRONT’s spatial identity at the gallery’s storefront location in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Whether at the scale of the physical walls of the gallery or at the larger scale of central Brooklyn, the Architects-in-Residence present work in dialog with the gallery’s location on Atlantic Avenue.
The title of the exhibit, Making Space, alludes to the physical production that both practices share. As much of contemporary architectural experimentation occurs in the realm of the digital (computing space, ordering space, animating space), MAKING SPACE presents a surprisingly physical and hands-on selection of works. Both Architects-in-Residence work in physical media, where materiality can both record information and elude reproducibility.
An artist talk on collaborative work, featuring FRANCISCA BENITEZ and her featured collaborators from New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers in Brooklyn, will take place during the closing. Making Space catalogs are available online.
PAWEL NIEDZWIECKI, trained as an architect, has literally resided in SUPERFRONT’s artist studio space during the past 5 months, producing work that explores personal affections through architectural methods. Niedzwiecki’s ink drawings often reference musical composition as an architectural language. One series of hand drawings finds a new permanence as a tattoo on his body. The personal language of form that emerges is further transformed as Niedzwiecki installs his studies spatially, in the form of a carved and painted door and an installation built into existing walls.
FRANCISCA BENITEZ explores what it means to inhabit New York’s system of public spaces, from public housing to Brooklyn sidewalks. Alongside her own highly political and conceptual series of graphite rubbings of built surfaces, Benitez exhibits pieces made by or in conjunction with residents of public housing. Through her work with senior citizens and youth in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers in Brooklyn, Benitez exhibits collaborative works on paper and physical models that continue her investigation of the everyday social life of urban architecture.
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The Making Space exhibit and the Architects-in-Residence program are partly enabled by generous donations from Nilizandr Gilbert and Sarah Millsaps.