Sons of Pioneers
10 April 2009 -
22 May 2009
Drawing on Structuralist and Formalist ideas of architectural design and the relationships between intersecting materials and planes, contrasting geometry is framed by bold, primary coloured Perspex, which casts a Californian sunny glow over split level condo-like exteriors and interiors.
This juxtaposition of materials - from cardboard boxes to garden fencing and kitchen work tops - suggest human prescience and endeavour, reflecting the experience of architecture and space; hierarchy, opposition, separation, connection, transition and assimilation.
The composition of colours and painted surfaces define figure/ground relationships within the work and convey materiality, physical and cultural context, symbolism and emotional response. The role of colour is also an organisational element and a device used in many architectural schools to engender an environment for creative learning. Houlding's landscapes are, however, people free, yet suggest an inherent optimism and sublime future.