Roadcut: The Architecture of Antoine Predock

On view in the Main and Van Deren Coke Galleries, January 28 to July 24, 2011

The Roadcut is an historical record of our effects on a place over time.  Intersecting geologic persistence with human transience, its sectional cut through time in space exposes the synergy between land and machine that drives Predock’s understanding of architecture as a form of landscape. Closing the gap between human experience and modern technology, Predock returns architecture to its original, sacred purpose of marking our place in the world in a poetic and lasting way. Through ten case studies of his design process, from La Luz in Albuquerque to his contemporary work in Asia, this exhibition traces the architect’s investigation of place over more than forty years of practice. On view in the Main Gallery

Like a Signature: Sketches and Models

Predock’s sketches record impulsive exchanges between the act of looking, of sighting something in a line, and the act of drawing, of the hand’s intuitive rush across a surface. Internalizing what he sees as a graphic signature, these sketches look beyond individual buildings to visualize architecture’s reciprocity with landscape through their equivalence of line, plane, light and shadow. Cut and shaped with a knife, Predock’s clay models translate the gestural act of drawing into another medium without losing any of its intuitive fluidity. Using a sculptural medium to painterly effect, these clay models transform the landscapes visualized in his sketches into three-dimensional prototypes for actual buildings. On view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery.

Christopher Mead, Guest Curator, With Mira Woodson

The publication Roadcut: The Architecture of Antoine Predock (University of New Mexico Press, 2011; 224 pp; hardbound, black and white and color illustrations, $75.00) is available at the Museum Book Shelf. Written by: Christopher Curtis Mead.