Maxi Spina & Hernan Diaz Alonso: gallery talk (July 28, 2017)

Hernan Diaz Alonso discusses with Maxi Spina his installation Thickness, in the SCI-Arc Gallery (July 7-August 12, 2017). Spina describes the concept of thickness as a way of negotiating between worlds of representation and construction, the transition from 2D to 3D. Diaz Alonso’s description of the work’s strategy of “digital nostalgia,” using digital tools to evoke the effects of pre-digital techniques, prompts Spina to describe an interest in ruins, and the way they were represented (Auguste Choisy), that emerged during a stay in Rome. He stresses applying unfamiliar uses to a familiar product like laminate. They also discuss drawing, material technology, building assembly, building construction, scale and function. Diaz Alonso and Spina respond to audience comments regarding the installation’s scale, profile, pattern, and representational conventions.

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