J.MAYER.H – STRUKTURALIEN. ARCHITECTURE AS URBAN SCULPTURE

 

April 29 – June 26, 2016

The exhibition “Strukturalien – Architecture as urban sculpture” shows the works of J.MAYER.H from the origins to the present day. Alongside some early, speculative projects and studies of materials and models the majority of the displays presents completed projects. Sketches and models provide evidence for the intellectual foundation to his design practice. A video work with wire models documents the development and translation of J.MAYER.H’s bodies into viable structures. Photographs of buildings acknowledge the spectacular implementation of J.MAYER.H’s structures. They provide a contemporary commentary on the limits of how reality can be represented by architectural means.

Career, background and highlights of J.MAYER.H’s building activities are being presented in their full range in Berlin for the first time. Mainly through realised, solitary projects the show submits a multi-faceted approach to architecture that is explicitly interested in new structures and sculptural solutions.

J.MAYER.H’s fluid-organic architectural vocabulary is due, on the one hand, to the above considerations and, on the other hand, to his keen interest in art and specifically sculpture. Moreover, he has been fascinated from the beginning by data protection patterns as they appear on the insides on envelopes to make confidential documents illegible from the outside. J.MAYER.H transfers these protection patterns to the three-dimensional world, turning them into visual chains of associations until they become an independent body. Through its multi-perspectivity this spatial entity eludes all hierarchical aspects and thus all attempts at categorising its functionality schematically. His experimental buildings use new materials or new ways of processing material and thus offer a spectacular opportunity of developing a better understanding of rethinking and re-employing architecture within invisible streams of information.

Jürgen Mayer H. (born 1965 in Stuttgart) is one of Germany’s pre-eminent architects. He studied at Stuttgart University, Cooper Union in New York and Princeton University. Today he consistently surprises with a distinctly experimental building practice, which he has conducted from Berlin since 1994.

 

Supported by The Berlin borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf – office for further education and culture; the Mayor of Berlin, Senate chancellery - cultural affairs; the association of friends and supporters of Haus am Waldsee