Out of the Gutter: Exploiting the Readymade

Winning competition entry by Mark Ours and Jonathan Novak
April 1, 2007 - 8:00pm to April 25, 2007 - 8:00pm

The Banvard Gallery is happy to announce the winners of the first Extra_Material Competition.  We look forward to an installation by Mark Ours and Jonathan Novak, whose entry, "Out of the Gutter: Exploiting the Readymade", was chosen by the jury.  The exhibit is on display in the Banvard Gallery through April 26.

About the Extra_Material Installation

The Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) Banvard Gallery will feature the winning entry from its recent installation competition. Deadline for submissions was March 1, 2007. The winning entrant will receive a show budget of $1,000.

The Extra_Material Installation Competition is conceived as a showcase for emerging talent with the specific aim of promoting architectural topics in the arts communities of the Ohio region. The work generated by this competition is meant to contribute to the discourses of architectural culture through a multidisciplinary exploration of a single object.

The architectural argument is always made in part through the particularities of the deployment of material. Otto Wagner turns the façade into a fabric, a permeable membrane at the Vienna Postal Savings Bank. Carlo Scarpa layers materials, old and new, like the sediment revealed in an archeological dig. Diller and Scofidio argue against the permanence of boundary with their water jetted walls in the Blur Building. Herzog and de Meuron’s use of steel gabions and crushed basalt at the Dominus Winery creates an inversion of ground and sky within the wall.

These manipulations of material qualities are sometimes only just one part of a larger architectural argument, but they will always be indicative of a particular attitude toward the substance, meaning, and history of the things with which we build. Through the Extra_Material Installation Competition, the Banvard Gallery invites artists, architects, and artisans of all levels of experience and craft to reinterpret a specific material object with which we build: the gutter.

The KSA Banvard Gallery is free and open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Banvard Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University (275 West Woodruff Avenue, Columbus).

Funding for the Knowlton School of Architecture Banvard Gallery is provided in part by the Ohio Arts Council Arts Access grant program.