Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, architecture and education. Previously, Jimenez Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for various international offices, including MOS and OMA. Lai is widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA-collected White Elephant. His first book, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation.
As a two-dimensional surface, the rug is a spatial medium for architects to experiment with the interior of architecture as both a spatial but also graphic condition. In this collection of rugs, we sought to explore the relationship between plans, elevations, and the possible three-dimensional applications of the rug as a two-dimensional graphic medium.
Canadian multi-disciplinary artist/photographer John Monteith graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Parsons (2008) and his BFA at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (1997). He has exhibited internationally at the 7th Beijing Biennale, the Tate Modern, London, the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei, the Schinkel Pavilon, Berlin, X Initiative, New York, the DUMBO Art Center, New York, Sàn Art, H.C.M.C., and SALTS, Basel. Monteith has held residencies at CAT Cologne, Germany (2011), Kunsthalle Roveredo, Switzerland (2014) and I Project Space Beijing (2018).
Based on recent drawings from his “Resonances” series, these rugs were created in response to the architecture of various relational sites of social exchange that make up the urban environment.