Field: an installation by Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Yehre Suh

A monumental and unique exercise on a site specific installation will take place at the Cornell University Arts Quad.

Description

The Field project is a continuous and homogenous installation of 2800 red sacks (19" wide x 32" high) filled with straw that will cover the entire Arts Quad of the Cornell University Campus. The sacks will be distributed in a 10 feet by 10 feet regular grid that will follow the natural slope of the ground surface. This installation is proposed as an optical exercise extended into a landscape format.

With this monumental installation of multiple elements arranged in a regular formation, the project examines the formal properties of the agricultural fields in reference to the past and current history of the site. The project is a translation of the geometrical geography that was and is still necessary for productive agricultural labors. The installation is depicting the overlap between this original morphology of the cultivated lands and an idealized and abstract pattern of the Cartesian knowledge. The Field project proposes the possibility of reclaiming the centrality of the Arts Quad's openness with an expansive, inclusive and non-hierarchical spatial structure.

Participants

A key component of the project is the participation of the University community as collaborators and receptors of the intervention. The installation is to be developed as a collective exercise. In the construction process of the Field project approximately 50 AAP students will be engaged.

Team Profile

Mauricio Pezo, Baird Visiting Critic, Department of Architecture
Sofia von Ellrichshausen, Baird Visiting Critic, Department of Architecture

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects was founded in Buenos Aires in 2001 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They currently work in Concepcion, Chile, crossing production between art and architecture. The firm’s built work includes XYZ Pavilion and 120 Doors Pavilion, the houses Rivo, Poli, Wolf, Parr, and Fosc, and several public art projects. Under construction projects are Pael house in Concepcion and Hema studio in Buenos Aires. They are developing residential projects in Chile, Portugal, and Spain. The office has been awarded the Best Work of Young Architects Prize at the V Iberoamerican Biennial, the Architectural Quality Prize at the XV Chilean Architecture Biennial, and a Commended Prize at the AR Awards for Emerging Architecture. Pezo von Ellrichshausen has been curating and designing the recent Chilean Pavilion at the 11th Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia. Their work has been shown in several exhibitions including the Building, Dwelling, Thinking exhibition at the IVAM in Valencia; Made in Chile at the University of Texas School of Architecture; Chilean Architects in Belgrade at the Museum of Applied Arts of Belgrade; and Visions of Latin American Architecture in El Museo del Barrio in New York. Their work has been compiled in several books and magazines such as Domus, A+U, Detail, Architectural Record, and Architectural Review. Mauricio Pezo completed a Master of Architecture at the Catholic University of Chile and graduated from the University of Bio-Bio with a degree in architecture. He teaches in Chile at the Bio-Bio University’s School of Architecture and at Talca University. Sofia von Ellrichshausen graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in architecture. She teaches in Chile at Talca University’s School of Architecture.

Yehre Suh, visiting critic, Deaprtment of Architecture

Yehre Suh is a registered architect in New York State. She received her master of architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and received her master of fine arts in design history and bachelor of fine arts in industrial design from Seoul National University. She was with Weiss/Manfredi: Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism in New York for seven years as project architect for award winning projects such as the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, Washington which received the 2007 Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design from Harvard University and also the Barnard College Nexus in New York which received the 2008 P/A Awards Honor Award. She managed and designed the exhibition for the Olympic Sculpture Park at Harvard for the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in 2007 and also coordinated and designed the exhibition for the Groundswell exhibition at MoMA in New York and the Center for Design in Essen Germany. Her research "Parallel Utopias: The Normalcy of Architecture in North and South Korea" was awarded the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts Grant in 2008.

This project is sponsored by the AAP and the Department of Architecture, and is directed by the visiting critics Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen, and Yehre Suh.