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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Architure + Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Architure + Art

  • Dan Mihalyo and Annie Han form the Seattle-based practice Lead Pencil Studio.

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    Dan Mihalyo and Annie Han form the Seattle-based practice Lead Pencil Studio.

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    Dan Mihalyo and Annie Han form the Seattle-based practice Lead Pencil Studio.

  • Lead Pencil Studio makes work that fits between the worlds of art and architecture. The piece Maryhill Double, sited along Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, is constructed from scaffolding and debris netting. It mirrors a 18,000 square foot museum located across the river.

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    Lead Pencil Studio makes work that fits between the worlds of art and architecture. The piece Maryhill Double, sited along Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, is constructed from scaffolding and debris netting. It mirrors a 18,000 square foot museum located across the river.

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    Lead Pencil Studio makes work that fits between the worlds of art and architecture. The piece Maryhill Double, sited along Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, is constructed from scaffolding and debris netting. It mirrors a 18,000-square-foot museum located across the river.

  • Made from salvaged building debris and paper, After (Billboard) makes commentary on the empty content of condominium advertising.

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    Made from salvaged building debris and paper, After (Billboard) makes commentary on the empty content of condominium advertising.

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    Made from salvaged building debris and paper, After (Billboard) makes commentary on the empty content of condominium advertising.

  • For the piece Retail/ Commercial, Han and Mihalyo used the remains of retail display to create a sculpture in a defunct Seattle retail space.

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    For the piece Retail/ Commercial, Han and Mihalyo used the remains of retail display to create a sculpture in a defunct Seattle retail space.

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    For the piece Retail/ Commercial, Han and Mihalyo used the remains of retail display to create a sculpture in a defunct Seattle retail space.

  • Shown at the Wright Space in Seattle, Accumulation is a musing on the passing of time. The architect-artists used paint slowly dripping from the ceiling to visualize temporality.

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    Shown at the Wright Space in Seattle, Accumulation is a musing on the passing of time. The architect-artists used paint slowly dripping from the ceiling to visualize temporality.

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    Shown at the Wright Space in Seattle, Accumulation is a musing on the passing of time. The architect-artists used paint slowly dripping from the ceiling to visualize temporality.

  • At the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Lead Pencil Studio installed a full-scale exact reproduction of one-bedroom apartment room. All personal belongings were painted a dull gray.

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    At the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Lead Pencil Studio installed a full-scale exact reproduction of one-bedroom apartment room. All personal belongings were painted a dull gray.

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    At the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Lead Pencil Studio installed a full-scale exact reproduction of a one-bedroom apartment room. All personal belongings were painted a dull gray.

Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han of Lead Pencil Studio

A billboard made out of debris. A ghostly shell of a museum rendered in scaffolding and netting. The work of Seattle-based Lead Pencil Studio begs the age-old question, “Is it art or is it architecture?” Annie Han, 44, and Daniel Mihalyo, 41, are happy to split the difference. They founded the firm in 1997 because they wanted to practice architecture and spend equal time in the art studio. “We’ve spent the intervening years figuring out that balance,” Mihalyo explains.

The duo’s latest museum exhibition opened this June—it’s the second iteration of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Architecture + Art series, which invites designers to create installations within the Will Bruder–designed facility. The Lead Pencil project, “Extended Collapse,” fills two galleries. With a marquee and video projections, the artwork riffs on the history of movie theaters and architecture on film.

Han reflects on the museum’s support of the project: “It is good for our culture in general whenever institutions take the risk of elevating the discourse among interdisciplinary art forms, bridging what otherwise would have been seriously balkanized professions.”