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Exhibition of Architectural Drawings to Explore Canadian Domestic Interiors

Carleton University’s Johan Voordouw, professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, will open New Image of Home – an exhibition of 24 drawings that explores media representations of Canadian domestic space, as well as new ways of drawing architecture.

The exhibition’s pictures challenge the idea of the perfect curated image of the single-family house. In this domestic space, cups are left on the coffee table, toys under the television stand, and laptops and other devices are strewn around. All of these things are visible, but the method of drawing makes them fuzzy, hidden, ghostly.

“I became interested in the home as represented in design magazines and sought to convey domestic space as an expression of daily life,” says Voordouw.

The digitally created drawings are embroidered, backlit and drawn using dots. Dots have historical significance in art, such as pointillism and Pop Art, and half-tone images in newspapers and print magazines. However, dots are not typical in architectural representation, which is dominated by the line in sketches and technical drawings and renderings, illustrated by hand or computer imagery.

The images are a culmination of a two-year research project examining the spatial evolution of the Canadian home and the material content in photographic representations. The research studied 325 projects from 1956 to 2017.

Exhibition

When: Thursday, Jan. 9 to Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa

Info: This event is free and open to the public.

 

Reception/Vernissage

When: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa

Info: This event is free and open to the public.

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