Toshihiko Mitsuya

‘Structural Studies’, June-14 & Toshihiko Mitsuya @ DAZ, April 18th, 2012

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A collaboration between ‘June-14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff’ and Toshihiko Mitsuya, architects and artist, study various structures created from 0.02mm aluminum. The designs test the limits of the thin material given various kinds of loading and shape. Everyone knows aluminum foil as light and thin. It is composed only of surface, no thickness. However, it gets very hard if pressed and, moreover, it can form sensitive details, which cannot be done with clay or stone. The shapes tests the limits of the material, the seven works presented: 

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1. Door to Your Garden

2. Wall Between Us (unstable) 

3. Pillow

4. Tower Calling Your Mobile

5. Post to Lean Against

6. Curtain That We are Alone in

7. Column Supporting You and Me

In the second week of the exhibition architect and artist Alexander Schweder La will add works to the show that explore the question of architectural strength from a moister perspective. As a counterpoint to the thin becoming strong posited by June-14, Schweder La’s experiments with rot expose the frailty of the architecture that we desire to be permanent.

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