Artist Talk with Lead Pencil Studio
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
Lead Pencil Studio, comprised of Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, creates projects that traverse the territories of architecture and art. Adopting the term spatial inquiry to describe their in-between practice, Han and Mihalyo create environments and structures that serve as places of inquiry to understand the influences of architecture and art on the behavior, emotions, and politics of people.
In Diffuse Reflection Lab, Lead Pencil Studio will create a structure comprised of nooks, dioramas, tableaus, corridors, and vortexes that the viewer may use as a space for personal reflection. Constructed primarily of salvaged materials and installed in the VAC’s Vaulted Gallery, the two-story structure’s interior will employ reflective materials commonly used in industry and commerce. The piece will explore the impact of diffuse reflection and interreflection on perception, as experienced in manmade structures and employed in popular culture. Taking the approach of single-subject journals such as Cabinet Magazine, Diffuse Reflection Lab will address the topic of reflection through multiple disciplines and a host of perspectives in an effort to expand dialogue around a matter rarely considered.
Seattle-based Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo have been working together as Lead Pencil Studio since 1997. Han and Mihalyo met while pursuing advanced degrees in architecture from the University of Oregon in the early 1990s. They received the Van Alen Institute’s New York Prize in 2010, the Founder’s Rome Prize for Architecture in 2007–2008, and the New York Emerging Voice Award in 2006. Their past residencies include Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Lead Pencil Studio’s work has most recently been exhibited at Mass Art, Pulse NY Special Projects, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Boise Art Museum, the Exploratorium Museum, and the American Academy in Rome.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Diffuse Reflection Lab on view at the VAC February 1 – May 11