Lead Pencil Studio: Falk Visiting Artists

  • Jan 17, 2008 – Apr 13, 2008
Installation view: Weatherspoon Art Museum, 2008.

Trained equally in architecture and fine art, Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han have collaborated as Lead Pencil Studio since 1997. Working in the fertile territory of site-specific installation, their initial investigations employed recognizable building fragments such as stairs and foundations to communicate a perception of meaning in the everyday. Their work has grown progressively to explorations at full architectural scale. By altering existing spaces and assembling ghost-like constructions, Lead Pencil Studio present us with an architecture that is functionless and dematerialized.

Without Room (2008), a new work at the Weatherspoon, examines a typical American apartment, but with little of the architecture physically present. Instead, the accumulation of personal material and furniture fills the “room,” pushing outward to its implied perimeters. In place of architecture, stacks of books, music, artwork, postcards and personal belongings define the floor, ceiling and walls. The project, which is modeled after the living space of a Greensboro resident, calls attention to the condition of being contained by architectural enclosures, which define our lives, and addresses concerns relevant to architecture, interior design, phenomenology and installation art.

Lead Pencil Studio will be the focus of a panel discussion during Between the Lines: Innovation in Art, Architecture & Design, a national symposium hosted by UNCG from March 27 - 29. Their residency is part of the Falk Visiting Artist series, a program produced collaboratively since 1982 by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and UNCG's Art Department.

Lead Pencil Studio's past exhibitions include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; and The Exploratorium, San Francisco. Mihalyo and Han were selected as an Emerging Voice in 2006 by the Architecture League of New York and awarded the Rome Prize for 2007-8. http://www.leadpencilstudio.com

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