Ang Li, No Frills (left) and Anuar Maauad, Terror 2 (right). Courtesy of the artists.
Cross-Sections: Four Views of Emerging Artists and Architects is a series of four group shows, each pairing the work of emerging architects and artists at 1.5 Rooms, a cross-disciplinary think tank and exhibition space in New York City. Each show responds to current attitudes in art and architecture, encouraging ongoing and evolving conversation between young practitioners. Over the course of a year, these four exhibitions will foster the initial contact for dialogue, contribute to a growing a body of research, set the stage for future collaborations, and generate exchange among new models of creative practice. Cross-Sections opens with Nuclear Family by Chanel von Habsburg-Lothringen and Thing Thing, and continues with three subsequent installations in 2017: Corners, a post-techno-utopian reconsideration of fundamental form by Ang Li and Anuar Maauad (March); Unnatural Hardware, objects for a technocratic future (June); and A Barn Raising, the performance of empathy in the hand-built environment (September).
Chelsea Culprit is an artist and organizer based in Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include Cloud Illusions I Recall at Born Nude, Chicago; ella, ella, ella... at Johannes Vogt Gallery, NYC; PAGAN SLUTz at SPF15 San Diego, CA; and In the Flesh at Important Projects, Oakland, CA. She is codirector of New Capital Projects and member of the performance collective Apocalypse Whatever. She holds a BFA with an emphasis in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ben Foch is an artist and curator based in Chicago. His work pulls from a diverse range of sources from antiquity to contemporary conspiracy theory to express challenging social and political content rooted in personal narrative. His recent exhibitions include Making an Entrance, curated by Vincent Uribe for Robert Blumenthal, New York; Ben Foch/Chelsea Culp at Robert Blumenthal, East Hampton, NY; and Group Show at Patrick Gomez 4 Sheriff, Los Angeles. In addition to his studio practice, he is codirector of New Capital, an exhibition space and curatorial consultancy working on corporate, public, and alternative projects; and Boyfriends, an artist-run exhibition space in Chicago that focuses on female artists. He most recently curated META MORPH ISIS for Black Paper, Los Angeles, and Architecture + Art: Inspiration Amplified at Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is also a member of the band Apocalypse Forever.
Jaffer Kolb is a New York-based designer and lecturer at Princeton University's School of Architecture. His work is dedicated to finding new sites for architecture in political and material economies through experiments in preservation and form. He was the 2015 Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan, and before that worked as a designer in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. His work has appeared in exhibitions internationally, and he has published in Wired, Blueprint, and Abitare, among others. Previously he worked on the 13th Venice Architecture Biennial under David Chipperfield, and before that, served as the US editor of the Architectural Review. As a design journalist and critic, he has written for numerous publications internationally. He holds an MArch from Princeton University, a master’s degree in urban planning from the London School of Economics, and a BFA in film studies from Wesleyan University.
Ian Quate is a designer with a penchant for microorganisms. He is an artist-in-residence at the SVA’s Visible Futures Lab with BK BioReactor, a collaborative project conducted with Cornell University’s medical school to study microbial life adapted to the Gowanus Canal, New York's largest Superfund site. He holds an MLArch from Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in art and design from North Carolina State University. Quate is a designer with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and codirects the experimental landscape studio GRNASFCK.
Colleen Tuite is a designer, writer, and codirector of GRNASFCK; her work explores the psychic confluence of architecture, technology, and ecology. With GRNASFCK, her work has been presented at Princeton University, StoreFrontLab in San Francisco, MoMA PS1 in New York, and published in a range of architectural journals, as well as online. Her writing has appeared in MONU, Manifest, Lunch, and LOBBY. She holds an MLArch from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; she lives in New York.