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04.07.06 - 05.21.06 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Florencia Pita: PULSE: Tendril Formations

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Los Angeles-based architect Florencia Pita's installation Pulse: Tendril Formations emphasized the manipulation of color and material as a double mechanism for the production of spatial affect. The gallery was transformed into an entirely pink landscape with winding walls, or structural tendrils, made of 300 CNC lasercut sheets of thin plastic, with contoured benches coiling out of the meandering walkways. With pink floors and walls, and custom lighting designed by lighting consultant Heather Libonati, the exhibition offered an environment and spatial effect of total immersion in color, atmosphere, and material. The structural tendrils, formulated through mathematical computation, allowed the building materials to be the structure itself, without any supporting structure. The structure's complexity, achieved through multiplicity, was created by the proliferation of layers of single curvature. The extrusion of two-dimensional materials into a three-dimensional pattern and flow accentuated ornamentation through structure and volume without infrastructure. Inspired by the late 19th century nature photographs of German artist Karl Blossfeldt and by the complex fabric structures of contemporary fashion innovator Junya Watanabe, Pita's installation investigated notions of color and form as performative elements that embed spaces with mood and atmosphere.

Florencia Pita's firm, mod, is a collaborative practice that thrives on the mannerist use of digital technology. As new modes of design and production become more involved with new technologies, the firm focuses on the underlying mechanisms of overlaying forms. Florencia Pita graduated in Architecture from the National University of Rosario, School of Architecture in 1998. In 1999, she was awarded the Fulbright-Fondo Nacional de las Artes scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University, where she received her MSAAD in 2001. Pita won first prize in the 2001 Metro Design Plaza International Competition for Lexington, Kentucky. She received an honorable mention in the 1998 "Landscape Housing" competition in Segovia Spain and second prize in the Competition of Ideas CORDIC. Her work has been published in Log 6, Nexus, Arquine, Abstract, Script, Clarin Arquitectura and Diario Uno. In 2002, Pita participated in the World Trade Center Site Design Competition as a member of United Architects. As a member of Greg Lynn FORM, she was project architect in charge of the Ark of the World project in Costa Rica. Pita has also worked as project designer in the offices of Peter Eisenman, and at Asymptote in New York.