New York

Siah Armajani

Max Protech Gallery

Siah Armajani began his “Elements” series in 1986, after completing a 12-year project, “Dictionary for Building.” Elements are the constituent parts of a product or process—the ingredients that go into its formation or the components to which it is reduced when analyzed. Armajani’s new research and constructions appear to flourish in the implied freedom of their generic, open-ended title. Freed of specificity, they are filled with ambiguous potential. Here, Armajani has expanded his quiet dialogue with the conditions of architecture into a more complex exploration of its grammar and syntax. Far from diminishing the richness of his ideas, this move away from more obvious representation intensifies the dialectic between the domestic and public faces of architecture.

The exhibition included three of the new constructions—Elements #10, #11, and #12, all 1987—and 14 small cardboard-and-wood

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