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Training Wheels

Banvard Gallery / Knowlton Hall
April 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

About the Show

The exhibit Training Wheels by Knowlton School 2014-15 Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow David Eskenazi opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015. Opening night will feature a reception outside the gallery following the Final Friday Awards and will coincide with the release of Issue 9 of One:Twelve.

The Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University. 


Often big things seem more serious than small things. Big things are heavier, more in the way, more noticeable, more aggravating. Their consequences just seem more real. Small things, on the other hand, are easily brushed aside and forgotten like a memory we aren’t sure ever happened.

An architecture installation aspires to be big. It wants to be taken seriously like a building, which we can all agree is a serious big thing. But an architecture installation is limited by its size and can never be anything more than a desire to be big and serious. In this installation, that desire is made manifest in the tension between the collection of many large objects and their model-like materiality.

We could talk about the installation’s lean, its ornament’s reference to Viennese and conceptual practices, the gallery’s transformed role as a storage room, the objects’ likeness to the pieces of a column, or to its staging as a ruin. We could discuss whether it is ugly or beautiful, or if circles, even if they are mangled circles, are anachronistic. But instead let’s talk about cardboard.

Cardboard is a cheap yet strong paper product. It makes good models, but not very good buildings. The cardboard in this installation tunes the larger-than-a-person objects towards the qualities of an over-scaled model. The objects, meanwhile, are staged like large drawings, sharing the same scale of geometric, notational, material, and conceptual parts.

Training Wheels is an oblique reference to the development of an architectural practice. Its title is fitted to the conceptualization of the Emerging Practitioner Fellowship, and suggests that the work is a contextual installation scaled to fit all the normal aspects of architectural practice like a site, a budget, a schedule, available labor, material constraints, and, of course, a job title.