neutraVDL
Exhibition:
Tu casa es mi casa

September 23, 2017 through January 17, 2018
Open on Saturdays from 11am-3pm and Thursdays from 6pm-9pm

Neutra VDL Research House
2300 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039


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Frida Escobedo founded her practice in 2006. From 2003 to 2006 she was co-director of the architectural firm Perro Rojo. Her work has focused mainly on reactivating urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten, through focal projects that range from housing and community centers to hotels and gallery spaces. This particular interest has extended to her work at Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad Anahuac, where she teaches two studios centered around housing in residual or under-utilized urban areas. She has been invited as juror for studio final presentation at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston College of Architecture and TEC de Monterrey Campus Querétaro.

The work of Frida Escobedo has been published and presented — both in exhibitions and lectures — nationally and internationally. In 2009, she was winner of the Young Architects Forum, organized by the Architectural League of New York. In 2004, she was awarded with the Scholarship for Young Creators by the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA) and in 2008 she was selected by the Swiss office Herzog & De Meuron to participate as one of the architectural studios to build a villa for the Ordos 100 Project in Inner Mongolia, China. In 2012 her work was presented in the Mexican Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial in Venice and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, in San Francisco. Also in 2012, she was invited to participate in a collective exhibition in Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and she presented her first solo exhibition at LIGA in Mexico City.

In 2013, she was selected as one of the three finalists for the Architecture program at the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was nominated for the Arc Vision Prize for Women and the Iakov Chernikhov Prize. In 2014, she was selected as one of the finalists for the Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London and was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The same year she was invited to participate in the Swiss Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Recently, she won the Ibero-american Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Prize (IX BIAU) celebrated in Rosario, Argentina.

Pedro&Juana is a studio from Mexico City founded by Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss that works on a variety of projects across creative professions. Some of them are: Dear Randolph (2015), a domestic interior public square for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, The State of the Art of Architecture, composed of moving lamps, rockers, tall and not so tall tables and some wall tapestry. Pavilion Of Hotel Palenque Is Not In Yucatan (2014), a pavilion within an exhibition that served as the site for the symposium The Future Curatorial What Not & Study What? Conundrum, and which hosted a Little Pig Session (Sesiones Puerquito 2012-2015), cooking a suckling as pretext for better conversation. Archivo Pavilion (2012), an intervention in the gardens of Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura DF/Mexico. Hellmut (2013) a Table turn Bench turn Table for Gallery 1 of Museo Jumex DF/Mexico. Casa Reyes (2011-2012) an annex in an ex-colonial house in Merida/Yucatan. Cocina DS (2013), a kitchenette entrance for Dorothea Schlueter Galerie in Hamburg/Germany.

Tezontle was founded by Carlos H. Matos and Lucas Cantu in 2014. A team of makers and designers work in a collaborative studio in Mexico City’s Centro Historico. Tezontle uses sculpture to bring the disciplines of architecture, installation art and product design together into one workshop.

Tezontle identifies with Mexico’s pre-hispanic heritage and the abstract work of the Mexican modernists of the mid-20th Century. The studio works by curating found objects with self-made ones in a process of generating innovative formal and material narratives. This working method is independent of scale. When scale becomes irrelevant, the sculptural becomes the architectural and vice versa.

Amongst other projects Tezontle is currently working on a variety of small scale sculpture commissions, including a mixed use sculptural garden in the caribbean town of Tulum and the museography for Archivo’s MXCD:02 exhibition about Mexico City’s history through objects that will open in October 2017 and a set of concrete living units designed along Bahia de Guadalupe in the coast of Guerrero.

Carlos and Lucas also teach. They are co-founders of the Architectural Association’s experimental concrete workshop AAVS Las Pozas that takes place every summer in the Huasteca Jungle and serves as a research platform that aims to forge links between craft and culture in the town of Xilitla.

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