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06.04.04 - 07.08.04
Darin Johnstone and Scott Parker: Drop : hi-lo fielding

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"And if we did bring about patterns, they were patterns which we had not measured - furthermore, which we didn't wish to emphasize. We simply wished to permit them to exist."

John Cage

The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based architects Darin Johnstone and Scott Parker. The primary impulse behind this work is to encourage an indeterminate spatial experience to emerge from a completely banal construct: the ubiquitous "drop ceiling". A new three-dimensional asymmetrical unit will be repeated and set within the common "drop ceiling" framework. Each unit will have four simple variables (drop-up, drop-down, drop-normal, drop-rotated) producing a double binary system of options. These options will be executed in series, using chance, throughout the duration of the exhibit to produce a variable landscape and differentiated experience linked to the timing of any given interaction. Change will be produced manually by a set of "players" interacting with the ceiling system and sets of space scores.

From 1999-2003 Darin Johnstone and Scott Parker collaborated as Johnstone Parker Architecture. Dedicated to an experimental, non-specialist approach, and emboldened by a belief in Architecture as an overarching discipline, they accepted a wide range of design challenges that included architecture, urban planning, landscape, interiors, furniture design, graphic design, web design and complex computer visualization projects. Recently they were responsible for the conceptual design, masterplanning, and programming for a new 1,000,000 square foot cultural center in Qingpu China, as design consultants to SWA. They received Honorable Mention for their entry to the San Jose State Museum of Art and Design Competition and were among five international firms short-listed to provide a proposal for the design restoration of the east wing of the General Staff Building of the Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia. They have been exhibited and published internationally. Darin Johnstone, principal of Darin Johnstone Architecture, has taught at California State Polytechnic University of Pomona and is currently a member of the design faculty at SCI-Arc. Scott Parker, a Project Architect at Bauer and Wiley Architects, has taught at SCI-Arc, Otis College of Art and Design, and Pasadena Art Center.