Unsupported — an architecture exhibition opening this weekend at Chase Public — explores the voices and work of younger professionals who often must work in a gig economy, where freelance, short-term and part-time work are the norm.
It's a collaboration that stretches across the region, showcasing work and practices from Ohio State University's Austin E. Knowlton, University of Kentucky's College of Design and University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Over the next year, the show will travel to Columbus and Lexington.
The exhibit features those with careers formed from a patchwork of funding. None of the people behind them are fully supported by an academic institution or have a full-time gig. Ingrid Schmidt, an adjunct professor at UC's DAAP, noted via email that it's "important to shine a light on work that is being done by these young, tireless practices that the schools benefit from, but don't directly support. At the end of the day, it is not a protest show, it's just an exhibition of work from folks who don't have a wealth of resources available to them."
That's the crux of it all, and the namesake of the whole show.
As in, bringing attention to younger faculty at these universities trying to pursue their craft and make do with the fragmented funding available to them. A release noted that the state of this economy can be limiting, but it also allows the exhibition to "define what it means for timely, contemporary work." Each architectural practice presented work they chose themselves.
"Curiously, many of the practices are based in making or design-build processes, so questions of budget constraints are very much alive," Schmidt says, noting a prior panel they hosted at DAAP on Nov. 7 — which featured six of the 13 practices that will be featured. "It was apparent that each of us is interested in making the work we want to make happen by any means necessary. This, I feel, is a familiar experience for folks in many creative fields regardless of the discipline."
The show, she says, presents lots of crossover aesthetics and techniques — though not necessarily intentional. Through the exhibit, they hope to give exposure — and in turn, support — to young, Midwestern voices trying to navigate this field.
"Just the process of putting the show together has created a support network between regional faculty that I think can strengthen the Midwestern voice of art and architecture," she says.
The show opens from 6-9 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 10) at Chase Public (2868 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington) and will be open until Dec. 2. Architectural practices showcased include: Ausgang (Chas Wiederhold), Lauren Whitehurst, Renee Martin, SUBSTUDIO Architecture (Hannah Dewhirst and Ingrid Schmidt), suburban diversions (Sean Cottengim), Team B (John Stoughton, Anna Kerr, David Corns and Quinn Kummer), Indefinite Kindred (Brian Richter), Informal Office (Jordan Hines & Erin Ruhl), Regina Summers, A Studio (Sandhya Kochar), Mircales Architecture (Viola Ago), mr. studio (Emily Mohr and Jonathan Rieke) and office ca (Galo Canizares and Stephanie Sang Delgado).
If you're interested in coming to the gallery, check out the Facebook event here.