Tom Ngo -- Make Real

March 5, 2016 to April 1, 2016

representation: LE Gallery

Exhibition Statement

Art is purposefully useless. Richard Serra made this proclamation during a 2001 interview with Charlie Rose, commenting that architecture could never be considered art because it is inherently functional. Art, on the other hand, unbound by similar demands, need only to consider its own intentions in deriving form.

In my work I challenge the idea that art and architecture are mutually exclusive. My drawings, created with traditional architectural drafting practices, propose buildings that have been stripped of their essential functions, rendering them purposeless. These structures ask the viewer to consider not what occurs between the walls but whether the rooms can be appreciated spatially -- does the shell of a house have artistic or sculptural merit? Can architecture coexist with art's freedom? The resulting structures straddle both fields and subvert the notion that architecture must be purposeful.

Artist Biography

Tom Ngo is a Hong Kong born visual artist based in Toronto. Tom's work explores the impact of logic and convention in design and examines the necessity of function in architecture. Tom's work has been exhibited in Canada and in New York and has been published in print and online media outlets. His recent work has been included in the exhibition 'TBD' at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, and in the publication 'Imagine Architecture: Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm' by Gestalten. In conjunction with his visual art practice, Tom is also a senior designer at Moriyama and Teshima Architects and an instructor of architectural representation at the Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture, and Design at the University of Toronto.