May 23, 2008
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"Comeback Cube" International
debut at Dwell on Design 2008
Dwell on Design 2008/Dwell Outdoor
Gregg Fleishman Studio is proud to announce the international debut of its newest modular building system, "The Comeback Cube", at the Dwell on Design 2008 conference. This latest development in a 35 year long design project of modular geometric building systems comes as something of a surprise. Architect Gregg Fleishman has in the past focused on conventionally exotic forms such as the rhombic dodecahedron to provide the geometrical basis of his designs. He has now returned to the more familiar form of the cube, finding it still rich with structural and aesthetic possibility.
The exhibition features a full size single cube module in 3/4 inch European Birch, measuring 9 ft by 9 ft by 9 ft, with 81 square feet of interior space and an 81 square foot rooftop deck. The single cube is permit exempt, making for a quick and elegant temporary structure, backyard studio, guesthouse, or children's playroom. A phenolic resin coating renders the panel surfaces waterproof. Wall edges can be oiled to allow for intermittent contact with water (such as sprinklers and drizzle) or caulked; deck joints should be caulked or treated with an elastomeric deck coating to insure impermeability. Permanent installations can be finished of like any other house, with insulation, mechanical systems, and conventional exterior treatments, like stucco. Fleishman has designed an inexpensive, expansive, and artful alternative to conventional framing.
"In architecture today, the green movement focuses mostly on the origins of material and use of energy. This work proposes that there is another way to be green in architecture, a way that focuses on process in building going beyond the factory. It is in geometry, with its repeating similar forms, and smaller similar parts that we find the advantages we are looking for. These include greater structural efficiency, manufacturing economies, easier handling, less specialized work force, and lower start up costs. What distinguishes this geometry from Fuller's is that it excludes the pentagon, instead focusing generally on the cube and the octagon, more specifically variations of a 3D checkerboard of cubes or "rhombicubes". When oriented in different ways, these cubes have provided for a veritable bouquet of new and different building types to sprout up using faceted geometrical faces that can provide a new and more natural look and feel to our buildings."
Gregg Fleishman, Humanizing the Factory Produced House
|Gregg Fleishman Studio is located on the corner of Main St. and Culver Blvd. in the heart of downtown Culver City. A pioneer gallery and production space in Culver City, Gregg Fleishman Studio has been over 14 years in its current location. Frequently playing host to children and curious adults, the Studio serves the local community as an educational resource where learning and play are as integrated as form and function.|
Other'Zones' II or The Kindergarten
for All Ages
The opening reception : Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 7:00pm
Gregg Fleishman Studio is pleased to (re)-present Other 'Zones' II:
The Garden and The Cube, 'an exhibition in progress' considering
the intersection of architecture and visual arts. The Culver
City based artists Gregg Fleishman, Nana Tchitchoua and
Rachel Portenstein, translate their collaborative fusion
into an exhibition of social/architectural experiment centered
around interactive puzzle paintings, 3-dimensional scale models,
a full size cube (shelter system), a play structure, labyrinth
and wonderland paintings and hanging paper sculptures. The space
is a fantastic environment of harmony, playfulness and thoughtful
investigation into the future in a call for radical reconstruction.
Cal Arts graduate visual artist, Nana Tchitchoua explores ideas about public, private and free spaces, experimentation, and living in the most fulfilling way. The most recent intervention of collaboration features the 1st set of Puzzle paintings, which are reversible, interactive and without borders. New additions to Other 'Zones' are the labyrinth studies, collages and a set of 6 paintings executed before collaboration. Assembled on the many surfaces are a menagerie of birds and other creatures situated in dense jungles of patterns executed via collage, stencils, decoupage, and painting. They are rhythmic and autobiographical windows into 2-dimensional utopias of singular character and vast depth. Stenciled patterns introduce a readymade quality to the work, a mechanical procedure binding the organic compositions, revealing or obscuring layers under varying conditions, ensuring that discovery and wonder remain central upon repeated viewings.
Rachel Portenstein, joins Gregg and Nana in creating the Kindergarten for All Ages. Her work explores the tensions between order and chaos, rigidity and pliability, continuity and change and simultaneously brings in the harmony to its surroundings. Rachel's work evolves through the process of assembling materials that primarily lay in organic, colorful and absurd. Given the form of the aesthetic content, these creature-like paper sculptures suspended from the ceiling decorate the wonderland by their elegance and mystery.
The Garden and The Cube is not installed in a uniform manner throughout the gallery but instead is conceived as a variety of experiences. The sort of questions raised by the cross-fertilization of archi-art seeks to circumnavigate the boundaries of space and time by the creation of interdisciplinary objects that are modular, portable and transformative in their nature. The exhibition is both a social/architectural experiment and an analogy with games advocating new modes of survival and living experimentally to transform social relations by manipulating space and time. The KinderGarten for All Ages.
Work from the exhibition can be viewed online: http://www.greggfleishman.com/ & http://www.nanuka.com/
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March 21, 2007
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Gregg Fleishman Studio with Nana
info: www.greggfleishman.com www.nanuka.com
Gregg Fleishman Studio is pleased to present Other 'Zones', an exhibition considering the intersection of architecture, art and education. Featuring a collaboration with Nana Tchitchoua and a sampling of children's art, the exhibition is both a social/architectural experiment and an analogy with games advocating new modes of survival, living experimentally to transform social relations by manipulating space and time. Other 'Zones' is centered around interactive architecture and puzzle-paintings which invite public participation and reflection on the problems of time, distance, history, and the future in a call for radical reconstruction. Investigating notions such as efficiency, autonomy and community, the artists recover possibilities that wire our will with desire and construct and illuminate our goals.
Gregg Fleishman's work redefines structures in playful expressions of geometrical harmony. He constructs speculative structural skeletons, grounded in real world conditions and meant to provoke new ways of living. For Other 'Zones' Fleishman presents three-dimensional scale models and a full size structure in the gallery space, and highlighting his long term association with Play Mountain Place (the oldest "free" school west of the Mississippi) will be a display of some children's work and a Sunday 11:00 am walk through of the Play Mountain grounds. Easily assembled by hand from uniquely shaped panels of wood, using no nails or fasteners of any kind, his current designs draw on his continuing examination of building systems and evolutionary design. Through his career the scale of his vision has progressively grown to accommodate solutions from the personal to the societal, incorporating fresh ideas on space and the human condition.
To complement Fleishman's latest forms, Nana will generate an atmosphere of the fantastic manifested through a projection/performance and interactive puzzle-paintings. Her work investigates critical questions about the language of home, the architecture of migration, globalization, internationalism and exchange in burgeoning cultural environments that are undergoing significant political and economic change. In response to crises in urban development and in general issues of borders in Georgia, her native country, she explores ideas about public, private and free spaces, experimentation, and living in the most fulfilling way. Proceeds from this exhibit will benefit Dadabiti Avant-Ura! (The Laboratory of Innovative and Conceptual Forms, or the Kindergarten for all ages) which will facilitate the transportation of a full sized Shelter Structure to the Almond Gardens in Tbilissi, Georgia, where it will have a life as The Muse Fortress. With a migratory notion of what 'home' is, her work constantly evolves through the imaginative play of her everyday actions. Nana uproots the intersections of memory, translucent history and worlds between dreams and realities. Her being strives to embody the achievement of personal utopian reality.
In a rejection of static forms and uniform installations, Other 'Zones' is conceived as a variety of experiences encouraging exhibition visitors to similarly stretch their minds and participate in stimulating ideas. It is a disruption of borders and seeks to circumnavigate the boundaries of space and time by the creation of interdisciplinary objects that are modular, portable and transformative in their nature.The sort of questions raised by the cross-fertilization of archi-art should be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of culture and society. Perhaps the structures are post-utopian, not of some far off promised land but one that persists among us.
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The Gregg Fleishman Studio located on the corner of Main and Culver in the heart of downtown Culver City is a pioneer gallery in the area as well as a productive art studio that opened its door to public about 13 years ago and debatably contributed to the cultural enrichment and artistic history of Culver City. People often wander into the gallery space wondering if the place is a museum. And, one might call it so, perhaps 'Fleishman's Treasures in Design and Invention' On a current visit, one would find uniquely designed furniture (chairs, tables, lamps) futuristic tricycles, as well as innovative structures, both play structures for children and architectural models for living spaces all based on principles of geometry.
Gregg Fleishman's work redefines structures in playful expressions of geometrical harmony. He constructs structural skeletons, grounded in real world conditions and meant to provoke new ways of living. These noble buildings are held together in scale and character by Fleishman's unique elaboration on joints concentrated and harmoniously fitting together. His structures start with a Rhombicube, a diamond panel form distilled out of a 3-D checkerboard of cubes which form the geometric basis for his Shelter Systems and Portable Playgrounds. Plastic Rhombicube kits (starting at $10) are available which illustrate the beauty of geometric principles and his design philosophy. Fleishman's aesthetic has a strong appeal to design conscious adults and children alike.
In addition to structures, the exhibition space is adorned with his dignified signature flexible SCULPT C H A I R S made of fourteen ply European birch plywood, held in place solely by slots and notches. The chairs often have visitors to the showroom wondering if they will support their weight but then most often remarking on how comfortable they are. Occasionally, a photo featuring seven one hundred pound sand bags sitting atop a Rock 'N' Roll chair is brought out from behind the front reception to demonstrate that it could perhaps bear the weight of even a sumo wrestler. T he SCULPT C H A I R S range from stately to whimsical, with names such as Caterpillar or the Katerina and range from $1800 to $2800 for single seaters. There are currently has fourteen designs available in a variety of colors. They have been exhibited worldwide and grace the collections of MOMA, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Gregg Fleishman also has strong ties to Play Mountain Place, a local private elementary school in the very heart of the Culver City Arts District, just off of Washington near La Cienega where one might find the extension of Fleishman's museum of playground structures in their yards. It is one of the oldest humanistic alternative schools in the US, nurturing and educating through the joy of creativity and fun, founded in 1949 by his mother Phyllis. Gregg credits his experience in this free environment to having nurtured his creative abilities. A native son of LA, Fleishman was born on the 4th of July and has been a resident of Culver City or adjacent to it for 48 years. The Los Angeles Times has described Gregg Fleishman as a Design Genius. He received his degree in architecture from USC in 1970. Fleishman is at once an architect, designer, inventor and artist.
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