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04.08.05 - 05.22.05 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Central Office of Architecture/COA: STENTORIAN: The Terror and Pleasure of Levitation

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The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present Stentorian, an installation by the Los Angeles based firm, Central Office of Architecture (COA). A series of minimal geometric shapes, constructed of metal and elastics, occupy the gallery as a set of interrelated spatial figures that both inform and deform the space. The installation mines delightful variation by changing the parameters within a simple structural system. Based on a set of varying compression and tension structures, Stentorian manifests a convergence of COA interests in performance, optimization, plasticity, structure and the ineffable, inexplicable human sense rendered by the fantastic act of architecture. As a series of undulating vessels, Stentorian suspends forms in space grace of a Tango dancer, achieving presence through plasticity.

COA is Ron Golan, Eric A. Kahn and Russell N. Thomsen. Since 1987, the office has engaged in a range of work that integrates issues of architecture, urbanism, technology and design. Recent work includes the donor wall for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the winning entry in the Dead Malls Competition, the VPM prototype for the Dwell Home Invitational, and a series of compelling single family houses in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. COA was a finalist in a housing competition for Livable Places, and the recipient of both the Young Architects Award and the Emerging Voices series sponsored by the Architectural League of New York. A monograph was published on their in 1997. Their work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Eric Kahn and Russell Thomsen are faculty members at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Ron Golan is an alumnus of the school.