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07.29.11 - 09.11.11 | SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Jason Payne/Hirsuta: Rawhide

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July 29 - September 11, 2011
SCI-Arc Gallery

Opening reception & Exhibition discussion: Friday, July 29, 7pm
Jason Payne & SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss

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Jason Payne's Rawhide explores Hirsuta's critically acclaimed design Raspberry Fields (shown below)—a residential project sited in northern Utah—focusing on its signature use of curled shingles as exterior cladding.

Rawhide: The New Shingle Style/Jason Payne, Hirsuta

The architectural "skin" is, by now, a rather well-worn path through the conceptualization of built exterior surfaces. And as is typical of well-worn paths, this one has become hard and dry, no longer particularly interesting underfoot.

Building surface as "hide," however, seems a fresh new way to push the dialogue of cladding toward and expanded array of associations and models less well-known to the discipline. Possible interpretations abound: where the skin is bald and shaven, the hide retains its think fur. If the skin's geometry is immediately and completely apparent, that of the hide only flirts with visibility, and only then after the luster and texture of its hairiness has been combed through.

Skins are thin, so thin as to be insufficient onto themselves, requiring the "bones" underneath to carry some of the load. Never mind that with hides; whether they require underlying structure or not is of little consequence to their luscious external reading. A good hide feels entirely self-sufficient, such that its prostration on a floor becomes the center of a room’s attention. Nothing more is required.

About Jason Payne
Jason Payne (BArch ‘94) is Principal of Hirsuta and Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California Los Angeles. He is recognized as a leading influence in pushing digital design and fabrication toward the integration of product, experience, affect and atmosphere. Payne is also known in the context of a group of Los Angeles designers committed to fabrication and construction, continuing the city's longstanding tradition of realized experimentation.

Prior to founding Hirsuta, Payne co-partnered the award-winning office Gnuform, best known for the NGTV Bar (2006 AIA Design Award) and the 2006 MoMA/P.S. 1 entry "Purple Haze" (Young Architects Program Finalist Entry). Payne has also worked as Project Designer for Reiser + Unemoto/RUR Architects and Daniel Libeskind Studio. He holds a Master of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc.