Peter Zellner: Practices & projects (September 26, 2012)

After being introduced by Hsingming Fung, Peter Zellner thanks the SCI-Arc administration, his SCI-Arc colleagues and students, and his office crew. He presents quick overviews of three different Los Angeles artists–Ed Ruscha, Doug Aitken, Akina Cox–whose work documents and creates taxonomies and categories. He feels this is what his own work, seen as a whole, is doing.

Zellner discusses several art galleries he has designed in Chelsea, San Francisco, Culver City, and UC Riverside. He argues that with art galleries circulation is much more important than the plan.

Zellner discusses residential projects, including the Martin house in West L.A., the Vielmetter house in Altadena, a speculative project to renovate foreclosed suburban homes, a treehouse, and the HDJ20 house in Tijuana.

Zellner discusses some large-scale projects, including the For Your Art World Headquarters at Wilshire and Normandie, over the Metro Red Line. Peter Zellner concludes with a discussion of the genesis and construction of the Matthew Marks Gallery building on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, emphasizing its engagement with the ordinary, and the facade sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly.

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