Marking the group’s first exhibition with the gallery, the collaborative group E.R.O. (Experimental Research Office) presents a temporary installation titled Concrete Tapestry.
Concrete Tapestry subverts the perceptual and literal heaviness of concrete construction through a series of delicate linear networks fabricated by experimental methods. The project investigates the potential of textile craft to generate new configurations of reinforced concrete, translating an existing small-scale technique into larger-scale architecture.
Each “tapestry” is reinforced with a braided carbon fiber armature that leverages techniques from traditional lacemaking—those that usually produce pictorial motifs—into purposeful forms that adopt a material and structural function. The project builds on previous research employing a hybridized computational and analogue workflow for the design and fabrication of each underlying armature.
Nathaniel Elberfeld and Alexandra Waller have shared an experimental architectural practice since 2007 that investigates memory, narratives, and place in the post-digital era. They each received a Master of Architecture from Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 and practiced in architecture offices in New York City until 2015, when they returned to St. Louis as lecturers in the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Recent work has been exhibited in the context of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale by the GAA Foundation, European Culture Center at “Venice Design 2018” (with Patricia Olynyk), and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Nathaniel will join Lavender Tessmer in the Design and Computation program (SMArchS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Fall 2018.
Lavender Tessmer is currently a student in Design and Computation (SMArchS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, exploring the disciplinary boundary between Art and Architecture as well as the relevance of craft in digital modes of design. She received her Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, where she taught as a lecturer from 2012-2017. Recently, her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
Samuel Bell-Hart is currently a student in Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis (MArch). He comes from a background in furniture design and woodworking.