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Field of Dreams

Banvard Gallery, Knowlton Hall
November 13, 2012 - 5:00pm to January 18, 2013 - 5:00pm

Opening reception

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00PM, Knowlton Hall Banvard Gallery

The reception follows the Baumer Lecture Series presentation by Peter Eisenman and Jeff Kipnis.  The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

about The show

The KSA Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM admission is free. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Curators

Kristy Balliet and Stephen Turk

Project Team

Gallery Coordinators Phil Arnold and Kristy Balliet; Graduate Assistant Sean Zielinski
Jeffrey Anderson, Antoinette DelVillano, Megan Dixon, John Yurchyk, Stephen Turk

Abstract

The Field of Dreams project emerged out of an opportunity to participate in a group show reevaluating the legacy of the 18th century architect and printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi.  The Piranesi Variations exhibition at the 2012 Venice Biennale, curated by Peter Eisenman, explored the overall 2012 exhibition theme of Common Ground by revisiting the lasting influence of Piranesi’s fantastic vision of Ancient Rome, the Campo Marzio project of 1762, on the Architecture discipline’s collective imagination.

The elements of the project included in the Banvard Gallery offer a partial glimpse into the making of the Field of Dreams project discussed further in the Exhibit Overview available below as a PDF. Rather than attempting to reduplicate the installation as it appeared in Venice we have resisted the totalizing impulse to recapture the project in what we believe to be a critically different context. Instead, we have chosen to present fragments, sketches, outtakes, false leads and dead ends from the work as well as production elements, duplicate parts and other photographic and drawing ‘evidence’ of the actual installation within the context of the larger Piranesi Variations show. Indeed this collection includes some fragments from the other projects in that exhibit; fragments which have now been absorbed within the dreamlike character of the Knowlton School of Architecture’s design.

Finally we have attempted to embed the viewer into the experience of the Field of Dreams project by radically adjusting the scale of some of the representational components of the original design. The Banvard show in this sense allows each viewer unto the Field of Dreams itself, where the representation of the fragments of the project are themselves presented within a scaled up version of the figured landscape of the project. In some ways this reminds us of the original power of the Piranesi project to play with our sense of time, scale and spatiality. It recapitulates the way in which the disciplinary process of drawing and modeling can produce wonder through the process of representation itself.

Piranesi, who built little as an architect, still fascinates the discipline exactly because of the way his representations seem to open up so many possibilities and generate new worlds. It reminds us that the play of scale of drawings and models typically used in more conventional and mundane ways within architectural practice can in fact produce a kind of delirium of projected experience. We hope that the dreamlike quality of our updated understanding of Piranesi’s radical vision can be read within this new context and at the same time that the direct experience of the representational artifacts can reveal some aspects of the act of creation.

 

Download the Field of Dreams Exhibit Overview.

Download the Field of Dreams poster.