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04.06.12 - 05.13.12 | SCI-Arc Gallery + Discussion in W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Peter Cook/CRAB Studio: Towards Comfo-Veg

April 6—May 13 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Discussion and Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 7-9pm
Discussion with Peter Cook and Eric Owen Moss in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Reception to follow in the SCI-Arc Gallery

SCI-Arc is pleased to present "Towards Comfo-Veg," a large-scale site-specific installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by architect and artist Peter Cook and partner Gavin Robotham of CRAB. Building on CRAB's internationally-recognized experimental and experiential work, Towards Comfo-Veg introduces an almost completely light-tight experiential space welcoming visitors through a single point of entry and leading towards hints of an invented world as it might be. The installation presents a hint of a comformtable vegetated world, the subject of a portmanteau project: the Comfo-Veg Club.

Towards Comfo-Veg/CRAB Studio, London

As visitors make their way through a dark, blue tunnel, a series of tiny 5" peep holes installed along one side of the corridor's wall enables them to explore very small objects and pictures showcasing CRAB's work. Turning into the main space, one sees the comfo=veg, a soft sofa sculpture lining the length of the installation, with a backrest of varying height. Created out of a continuous snake of veg colored fabric, the Comfo-Veg invites visitors to sit down and admire a more abstract series of projections of future CRAB ideas. More peepshows are offered and sound-tracks augment the two territories, while a third sound-track—just before you leave—picks up on the chitter-chatter of CRAB itself. A leightweight kite or wing hovers above, symbolizing an enduring attitude of lightness and the dragonfly spirit of CRAB.

Taken together, Towards Comfo-Veg creates a surreal, dream-like environment to fill the entirety of the SCI-Arc Gallery.

About CRAB (Cook-Robotham Architecture Bureau)
Directors: Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham

Set up in 2006, CRAB augments the trajectories of Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham. A noted English architect, writer, and educator, Peter Cook is a founding member of the 1960s radical experimentalist group Archigram. As Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, Cook has been a pivotal figure within the global architecture world for over half a century. His design for the Kunsthaus Graz (2003), with Colin Fournier, was a runner up for the Stirling Prize, bringing Cook’s work to a wider public. His achievements with Archigram have been the subject of numerous publications and public exhibitions and were recognized by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2004, when Cook was awarded RIBA’s highest award, the Royal Gold Medal. Gavin Robotham graduated from the Bartlett UCL where he was British Institute Prizewinner and subsequently Knox Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was the designer of the interiors of the Stirling Prize-winning Magna Centre in Rotherham.

Together, Cook and Robotham have won competitions for the Law School of the Vienna Economics University, and the Architecture School of Bond University, Australia (both under construction). They also won the Verbania Theatre competition and numerous other prizes including three versions of the Taiwan Tower in Taichung. Their joint, extensive teaching experience acts as a focus for young architects from all over the world. Cook and Robotham occasionally host reviews for student and office groups. They are closely associated with the Bartlett and Architectural Association in London, ESA in Paris, Lund University in Sweden, and SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.