Material Landscapes exhibition at the Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Melissa Kaseman.
A growing fascination with the intersection between new material technologies and landscapes has inspired two recent exhibitions.
“Material Landscapes” is on display at the Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis. Curated by Liane Hancock from Louisiana Tech University, the show features projects that exhibit innovative uses of materials and digital-fabrication techniques, located primarily in urban settings. Of note are works by D.I.R.T. Studio, ESKYIU, PEG, and Wanted Landscape.
A few states to the west, we find “Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices, and Architectural Inventions,” curated by Geoff Manaugh at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. This show takes intellectual liberties with the idea of landscape, with installations ranging from metallic clouds to kinetic marble runs. Participants include the Living, Lateral Office, Smout Allen, and David Gissen.
Combined, the exhibitions illustrate the extent to which new material technologies and applications are transforming both the theory and practice of landscape design.