KSA Alumnus Wins Emerging Architect Grant

Socrates Sculpture Park Press Release
For more information, contact:
Ellen Staller: 718.956.1819 x12, es@socratessculpturepark.org
Nicholas Anderson: 212-753-1722 x13, anderson@archleague.org

 

Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York have selected Jerome Haferd (BS ARCH ’07) and K. Brandt Knapp as the inaugural recipients of a new grant and residency for emerging architects and designers to produce and exhibit a full-scale project at Socrates Sculpture Park. Socrates, in partnership with the League, established the residency to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, materials, and building techniques between the two disciplines. The completed project opened to the public on Saturday, July 14, 2012, and will remain on view through October 21, 2012.

A Call for Proposals announced in Fall 2011 invited emerging architects and designers to speculate on contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. By definition a fanciful architectural form, built to focus views within a landscape or serve as a conversation piece, the folly is an ideal launching point for a dynamic exploration of architectural form and its relationship to sculpture.

Haferd and Knapp were selected from 115 submissions by a jury that included: Alyson Baker, former Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park (2000–11) and current Executive Director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Yolande Daniels, Studio SUMO; Richard Gluckman, Gluckman Mayner Architects; Christopher Leong, Leong Leong Architecture; and Leo Villareal, artist.

Haferd and Knapp received a $5,000 production grant to fund their project, as well as full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates’ outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the Park.

Their winning submission, titled “Curtain,” is a structure with a series of frames from slender wood posts, defining a space of 20 feet wide on each side with a triangulated roof canopy of approximately 8-12 feet in height. The vertical and horizontal planes of the structure are articulated with a dense series of suspended white plastic chain. Fixed in some places, hanging free in others, the white chain creates “rooms” that viewers can occupy, offering changing spatial experiences within the outline defined by the wooden framework. The title of the piece alludes to the material quality of the chain as it reacts to breezes off the East River as well as a play on the modernist understanding of “curtain walls” as fixed boundaries.

Socrates Sculpture Park has a twenty-five year history of supporting pioneering art projects for the public. Over the last few years, as more young architects and designers began applying for exhibition opportunities through the Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship Program, it became evident that their challenges are similar to those of visual artists: all are seeking physical space, funding, and the technical and material resources to construct ambitious and experimental projects. Socrates already has the infrastructure to support artist experimentation and now, with The Architectural League, can expand this model to incorporate other disciplines. While interdisciplinary work is not new, the opportunities, especially in New York City, to realize projects are rare. With this new program, Haferd and Knapp will produce their piece in tandem with the Park's Emerging Artist Fellows, encouraging dialogue between professionals of different backgrounds, educations, skill sets and visions.

“Folly presents an ideal and timely partnership between Socrates and The Architectural League, as demonstrated by the increasing number of architects taking an interest in the exhibition opportunities available at Socrates. The Park’s waterfront site offers a rare and immediate connection to both the landscape and the public,” said Socrates’ Executive Director, John Hatfield.

“Over the past decade there has been widespread interest among younger architects and designers in making–through experimentation with new fabrication technologies and materials and through the rediscovery of the pleasures of craft. The design of temporary installations and pavilions has proved a fertile ground for these explorations. Folly is an exciting opportunity to situate this line of architectural invention within a specifically sculptural context through the League’s partnership with Socrates,” said Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director of the Architectural League.

The program is being directed by Elissa Goldstone, Exhibition Program Manager, Socrates Sculpture Park; and Gregory Wessner, Special Projects Director, The Architectural League of New York.

For more information about Folly including participant biographies and project images, please contact Ellen Staller, Director of Development and Communications, Socrates Sculpture Park, 718-956-1819 x12 or es@socratessculpturepark.org; or Nicholas Anderson, Membership and Communications Director, The Architectural League, 212-753-1722 x13, or anderson@archleague.org.

Socrates Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year from 10 am to sunset and is located at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, New York. Directions: Monday through Friday take the N or Q trains to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks along Broadway to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard. On Saturday and Sunday take the N train to the Broadway stop. For driving, cycling or walking directions, please visit their website.

Jerome Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp began working together in the academic context of the Yale School of Architecture’s M. Arch I Program.  Due to similar interests, they have since collaborated on multiple areas of study.  Landscape/Building, Nature/Environment, Frames/Territories, Performance/Gender are some of the relationships they have presented upon, undertaken in design projects or analyzed formally. In the culmination of their design education, they were partners in the advanced studio headed by Peter Eisenman. While both are pursuing careers in architecture, the two continue to collaborate, bounce ideas off of one another, and participate in the broader architecture community of New York City.

Brandt Knapp, a Baltimore native, currently works at Richard Meier and Partners in New York. She studied photography as well as architecture and has maintained a strong interest in the arts and teaching. Knowlton School of Architecture alumnus Jerome Haferd is originally from Akron, Ohio. His academic and professional pursuits initially led him to several locales, including the Beijing offices of OMA and Zephyr Architects. He now works under Bernard Tschumi at Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York.

As youngsters in the profession, they are committed to furthering their parallel interests and the opportunity to build a folly, Curtain, will be a marker for their partnership.

SUPPORT

Folly, a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, is made possible through a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mark di Suvero, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and Spacetime C.C. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by public funds from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special thanks to the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Peter F. Vallone Jr. and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

ABOUT SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK

Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of sculptor Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. Today it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public programs. Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The Park’s existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment.

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