The Zhulong Gallery in downtown Dallas opened Susan Giles’ latest exhibit, “Architecture as Interface” on December 12th. The exhibit will run until January 23rd, so there’s still time for architecture enthusiasts to get out and experience the video and sculpture installment after the new year!

 

About the Exhibit

Giles’ exhibition features small- and large-scale pieces of sculpture that deconstruct, symbolize, and honor architecturally significant buildings from around the world. According to the Zhulong Gallery, the exhibit highlights “Giles’ two distinct bodies of work point to memory and spectatorship using architecture as its impetus.”

“At once objects to behold, and in the case of the large-scale series, Scenic Overlook, tools for viewing, Giles’ recent works articulate the multi-faceted function of architecture. Taking an additional step in the contemporary context, Giles is interested in the slippage of these powerful architectural structures into the realm of the vernacular through the rapid transmission of images of and from these buildings online.”

 

About the Medium

Using paper, glue, and wood, Giles has explored the history and culturally importance of towers, our relationship with architecture, as well as the different ways we interact and view buildings and structures in our world. She incorporates video seamlessly into her work to create a cohesive experience. There is a thematic element of “memory and spectatorship” and how the two intertwine with how we see the architecture around us.

 

About Susan Giles, “Architecture as Interface” Artist

Susan Giles specializes in works involving video and sculpture, like those seen in her “Architecture as Interface” gallery at Zhulong. She received an MA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at Northwestern University.

Giles’ work has been shown at THE MISSION Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Renaissance Society in Chicago, Mixed Greens in New York, and Galeria Valle Orti in Valencia, Spain, to name a few. In recognition of her work and artistic contributions, Giles has received the Individual Artist Project Grant from DCASE in 2015, as well as several awards from the Illinois Arts Council in 2009 and 2014.

She was also the recipient of the 2005 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a 1998 Fulbright Grant to Indonesia “to conduct research on the intersection of tourism and culture in Bali.” She now serves at the Art Institute of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices.

Giles gave a special discussion of her “Architecture as Interface” exhibit at its opening and its following reception on December 12th at 6pm. It was open to the public, and fellow artists, architecture lovers, teachers, students, and curious art lovers were in attendance. “Architecture as Interface” can be seen at the Zhulong Gallery in downtown Dallas/Deep Ellum on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5 pm. Go to http://zhulonggallery.com/ to learn more about the exhibit, as well as to find visitor information. To learn more about the “Architecture as Interface” artist, you can visit her website at http://susangiles.net/.