Frei Otto

Flexible Column

“Frei Otto “hesitates to pursue a project unless he is certain that its realization will be temporary enough to not be in man’s way.”
This position indicates a polite anarchism through death. A delicate rebellion against the monumental architectural quest.” Helen Levin


„Frei Otto „zögert, ein Projekt zu verfolgen, es sei denn, er ist sich sicher, dass seine Realisierung nur vorübergehend genug ist, um dem Menschen nicht im Weg zu stehen.“ Diese Position weist auf einen höflichen Anarchismus durch den Tod hin. Eine zarte Rebellion gegen die monumentale architektonische Suche.” Helen Levin


«Фрей Отто« не решается продолжать проект, если не уверен, что его реализация будет достаточно временной, чтобы не мешать человеку ». Эта позиция указывает на вежливый анархизм через смерть. Тонкое восстание против монументального архитектурного поиска ». Елена Левин

David Rabinowitch

“6 Sided Plane in 5 Masses and 3 Scales with 2 Free Regions
The drawings also clarify the schema underlying the locations of the bored holes in the sculptures. Situated along lines linking vertices at the perimeter of the forms, they recall constellation maps or, as with 8 Sided Plane in 7 Masses and 2 Scales with Free Region (1975/2018), the plans of Romanesque cathedrals. Here, again, the relationship is inverted. The black shapes representing the solid stone columns in the plans echo the shafts of air bored through the steel. The term “Romanesque” appears frequently in Rabinowitch’s titles. Though absent here, the conglomeration of shapes visible in Romanesque church plans, like those of Cluny in France, bear an affinity with the additive sensibility evident in Rabinowitch’s structures. Donald Kuspit has focused attention on the artist’s interest in Northwest Coast traditions, especially the totem pole. Like the totem pole, Rabinowitch’s works manifest a “disrupted continuum,” a whole built out of distinct parts. For me, the presence of the drawings in this exhibition subtly undermined that assertion. The lines along which the bored holes are situated form a network that passes over all (or at least most) of the components in each work, in effect linking them. Though no longer visible in the steel versions, the connective links act as a reminder of this second related principle of organization. Some may see it as a complication, a discrepancy, or be disappointed by the realization, but I think it helps demystify these “new” early sculptures. At the same time, the proximity of the studies by no means diminished the deep-rooted and intriguing complexity of Rabinowitch’s sculptural work.”John Gayer

Chris Fraser

For Atmosphere, glass tubes filled with argon and neon simulated the color of the Arizona sky. Arranged as a column, these tubes altered the shadows of visitors, casting them in pillar-form. The space was designed to respond to the actions of its inhabitants, encouraging them to investigate, play with and probe the air.

Phillip K. Smith

10 Columns
His newest work, simply titled “10 Columns,” inaugurates Bridge Projects by transforming the 7,000-square-foot exhibition space in Hollywood into a synthetic sunrise/sunset[…] Smith has programmed the light-emitting diodes in each panel to cycle through an hourlong sequence of colors. The palette is space-age baroque its primaries and secondaries endowed with the artificially enhanced zing of exquisitely mixed tertiaries.


Two Hundred and Seventy
Through the combination of an everyday material with precise technology the mixed media installation fills the whole columned hall from the 19th century with its fluid movement and peculiar sound. Concavely arranged and floating above the spectators heads the form of the artwork seems to pass the skylight like the sun’s rays. Subdivided into nine columns, the nearly 70 square metres large piece of art follows a site-specific choreography determined by a program. Its moving surface is made from 270 white garbage bags, being inflated and deflated. In this way shapes and the boundaries of the installation itself start to dissolve. “Two Hundred and Seventy“ is the first installation with an undisguised view behind the scenes and onto the origin of the wavelike and organic movement: 1080 fans, lots of cables and 45 circuit boards



Volume is one of the projects that could be bestowed with the adjective “poetic“. Composed of multiple columns, this scultpure, both luminous and sound, comes to life as the participants travel in it. The more visitors there are, the more the “forest” is adorned with bewitching colors and sounds, harmoniously blending interaction with immersion.


Column of steam
「ヨハネス・ヴォーグルにとって、芸術は、感覚が研ぎ澄まされ、知覚が活性化される、高められた強度の絶え間ない例外的な状態で周囲の現実に対処するための奇跡的な手段であるようです。日常の注意深い観察者として、Voglは、火山の(創造的な)エネルギーと警戒を伴う永続的な警戒状態にあり、各ステップと反応で爆発します。ここで、芸術分野は、無限の解決策が適用され、新しい予期しない構造が刺激的な現実と魅惑的なフィクションの交差点で上演されている、真の可能性と可能性のオープンで無制限の領域です。 Voglは、そのようなコンストラクターであり、全能の想像力の領域内で、理由を超えて、機能性と超現実的なアプリケーションのようなおとぎ話の端にあるオブジェクトの情熱的な発明者です。 「波を見る」、2005年は、特定の自然現象を体験するために必要なすべての条件を備えた、すべて満足のいく快適な微小環境を作成しようとするVoglの試みの典型です。アーティストは自給自足の構造の作者であり、物事の通常の目的と機能を混乱させるほとんど寄生的なメカニズムとして現れ、»Kleiner Mond«、2006年の場合のように、特定の競争力ももたらします。模倣と模倣のほとんど叙情的な例。 Vogl’sは、日常のジェスチャーの非常に敏感な詩学であり、気取らない、本物の現実の補足であり、適度な量の皮肉とユーモアのセンスが今日の(不完全な)世界の不安定さと不十分さのバランスをとる遊び場に一瞬変わりました。」


Михаэль Ансмейер
Subdivided Columns

The subdivided columns are purely algorithmic forms. They are undrawable using conventional means – whether by pen or by mouse – as they have too much detail and differentiation. Knowledge and experience are acquired through search, demanding heuristics that work in the absence of categorization.