Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand

January 11 – March 1, 2020
Newmark Gallery

Opening reception Saturday, January 11.

Single-Handedly collects original drawings from a group of accomplished contemporary architects who, in an industry dominated by digital technologies, continue to work by hand.

Radically diverse in scale, materials, technique, subject, and spirit, these works overturn preconceived notions of what an architectural drawing is like. Some are dreamy, fiery and avant-garde, and others pragmatic, reductive and nostalgic.

Deeply informed, but nonetheless unconstrained, by traditional architectural drafting techniques, these renderings exploit an unparallelled formal freedom. Each one contains its own world and tells its own story, rooted in personal imagination.

This exhibit gives vibrant testimony to the still-vital craft of hand drawing in architecture.

This exhibition is co-curated by Warren James, Director, Art Omi: Architecture; and Nalina Moses.

Nalina Moses is an architect and writer in New York City. She has completed retail, residential and institutional design and construction projects throughout the world. She has written about design, architecture and aesthetics for numerous online and print publications, and on her blog Drown Me in Beauty. Nalina studied art history at Yale University and architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Single-Handedly, her first book, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2019.

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