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Storefront Art and Architecture

Storefront Art and Architecture

  • Daniel Arsham, Eva Franch i Gilabert, and Alex Mustonen.

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    Daniel Arsham, Eva Franch i Gilabert, and Alex Mustonen.

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    Daniel Arsham, Eva Franch i Gilabert, and Alex Mustonen.

  • New York Citys Storefront for Art and Architecture is known for continually reinventing its Soho space. This spring the gallery commissioned Snarkitecture, the artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen, to create DIG.

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    New York Citys Storefront for Art and Architecture is known for continually reinventing its Soho space. This spring the gallery commissioned Snarkitecture, the artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen, to create DIG.

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    New York City’s Storefront for Art and Architecture is known for continually reinventing its Soho space. This spring the gallery commissioned Snarkitecture, the artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen, to create DIG.

  • The Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture filled the space with blocks of Styrofoam and then set upon it with pickaxes, excavating a cave-like volume from the foam.

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    The Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture filled the space with blocks of Styrofoam and then set upon it with pickaxes, excavating a cave-like volume from the foam.

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    The Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture filled the space with blocks of Styrofoam and then set upon it with pickaxes, excavating a cave-like volume from the foam.

  • Snarkitecture excavating.

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    Snarkitecture excavating.

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    Snarkitecture excavating.

  • This summer, bright color lurks behind artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holls iconic façade, as Storefront presents work from Dutch artists Haas&Hahn in the exhibition "Painting Urbanism: Learning from Rio."

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    This summer, bright color lurks behind artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holls iconic façade, as Storefront presents work from Dutch artists Haas&Hahn in the exhibition "Painting Urbanism: Learning from Rio."

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    Brett Beyer

    This summer, bright color lurks behind artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holls iconic façade, as Storefront presents work from Dutch artists Haas&Hahn in the exhibition "Painting Urbanism: Learning from Rio."

  • View from inside

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    View from inside

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    Brett Beyer

    View from inside

  • Haas&Hahn use rainbow swaths of color in their Favelapaintings, large mural like works that cover whole neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro's slums.

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    Haas&Hahn use rainbow swaths of color in their Favelapaintings, large mural like works that cover whole neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro's slums.

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    Brett Beyer

    Haas&Hahn use rainbow swaths of color in their Favelapaintings, large mural like works that cover whole neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro's slums.

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    Brett Beyer

    More of Haas&Hahn's large mural like works in Storefront's interior.

Eva Franch i Gilabert, director
Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture

For nearly 30 years, New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture has taken the avant position in architectural discourse—defining, then redefining, what it means to exhibit experimental design. Eva Franch i Gilabert, 32, took the directorial helm last year, and she is quickly carving out her own take on radical. Literally. This spring, Franch i Gilabert commissioned the installation “DIG” from artist Daniel Arsham, 30, and designer Alex Mustonen, 29, who together form the edgy practice Snarkitecture. The pair filled the tiny Storefront space with blocks of expanded polystyrene and then set upon it with hammers and picks, excavating a volume from the foam. Like looking into a frozen tableaux, glimpses of the cavelike space could be seen through the openings in artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holl’s iconic façade.

“I seek individuals or collectives able to propose alternative models, methodologies, and spaces of action in relation to that what is considered established or part of the status quo,” Franch i Gilabert says, weighing in on Storefront’s role in supporting emerging practices. “If we are to change the terms of production, thinking, and action, the younger generation—the one that is fearless, full of intuition more than knowledge, with vectors of desire more than with constructed paths of action—is the one that needs to take the lead in shaping the future that lies ahead.”