is-office / Norman Kelley
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
is-office / Norman Kelley
KYLE REYNOLDS, THOMAS KELLEY, & CARRIE NORMAN
TUE, FEB 17, 6PM
In conjunction with the Graham Foundation's new exhibition “Treatise: Why Write Alone?”, we are pleased to welcome Kyle Reynolds of Chicago-based is-office and Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman, co-founders of Chicago and New York-based design office Norman Kelley, for a presentation and conversation about their practices and new works, currently on view in "Treatise"
Kyle Reynolds will discuss the varied design strategies used by is-office, the design firm he founded with Jeff Mikolajewski, showcasing generative Photoshopping, a subversion of Google, plotting with markers, cross-bred genres, and a take on the well-curated home. Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman will discuss the latest projects from their architectural collaborative Norman Kelley that reexamine and rehearse visual deception by means of the architectural drawing. By appropriating a catalog of drawing conventions and illusory devices, Norman Kelley’s drawings offer an alternative historical account of architecture’s relationship to vision and reveal a set of techniques from which to prey on the naïve observer.
is-office is a Chicago-based design firm specializing in objects, interiors, and buildings. Founded by Kyle Reynolds and Jeff Mikolajewski, the firm leverages the unique agency of physical form to engage issues of culture, urbanism, lifestyle, and iconography indigenous to the modern metropolis. Kyle Reynolds is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received an MArch from Princeton University and a BS in architecture with a certificate in urban planning from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His work and writing have been published in On Farming: Bracket 1, The SANAA Studios 2006–2008, and Pidgin Magazine, among others. Jeff Mikolajewski is a project designer at Johnston Marklee in Los Angeles. He has lived previously in Shanghai, Milan, Copenhagen, and Chicago, all while working for firms such as Bjarke Ingels Group, Andrew Zago Architect, UrbanLab, and Gensler. He received his MArch from the University of Illinois at Chicago and he holds a BS in architecture from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Norman Kelley is the architecture and design collaborative of Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley, based in New York and Chicago. The firm’s work has been published and exhibited widely, most recently in Log 31: New Ancients and the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. They are the recipients of the 2014 Architecture League of New York Young Architect’s Prize, and their design work is currently represented by Volume Gallery in Chicago. Thomas Kelley received an MArch from Princeton University and a BArch from the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Kelley is currently a clinical assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Carrie Norman received an MArch from Princeton University and a BArch from the University of Virginia. Norman is a licensed architect and a member of the Architecture League of New York’s Young Architects and Designers Committee. She is currently a senior design associate with SHoP Architects in New York.
To learn more about Treatise, please visit the Graham Foundation website.
Image: View of “Treatise: Why Write Alone?”, 2015, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Photo Matthew Messner.
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Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.