Oliver Ranch Installation — David Rabinowitch and Jim Jennings, “Visiting Artist Studios”, 1992-2002 (Architecture and carving in concrete walls)
In 2008 the American Academy of Arts and Letters honored Jim Jennings’s four decades of practice with the Academy Award for Architecture. Born in 1940 and having received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1966, San Francisco-based Jennings is known for an unwavering design sensibility; one critic described him as “the quintessential Bay Area Modernist” for the coolly sensuous rigor of his work. His projects—institutional, commercial and residential—have been internationally exhibited and featured in more than 150 publications, including the monograph 10/10: Ten Projects, Ten Years.
A design jury assembled by the Wall Street Journal in December 2008 named Visiting Artist Studios one of the “five most influential and inspiring houses of the past decade.” Other architectural recognition for Visiting Artist Studios includes the American Institute of Architects National Honor Award for Architecture and a Progressive Architecture Design Award in 1991, the year the project was originally conceived.
David Rabinowitch was born in 1943 in Toronto, Canada and currently lives and works in New York and Wiesbaden, Germany. Rabinowitch graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1963. He has exhibited internationally for over 40 years and shows regularly at Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zürich and Peter Blum Gallery, New York. Solo museum exhibitions include The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (both 2004); Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster (2000); Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Galerie Starmach, Krakow, and the Museum of Modern Art, Niepolomice, Poland, 1999; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1998; and the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, 1993.
Self-trained, Rabinowitch began working in the 1960s, first as a painter and then as a sculptor. An early interest in philosophy and science challenged the artist to question what we see. For over 40 years Rabinowitch has developed several cycles of sculptures and drawings. For each of these cycles, he elaborates a set of considerations and properties that condition our experience of viewing them. These works are informed by architecture, science, philosophy, and music.
Rabinowitch Solo Exhibitions
The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, 2007; Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland; Phantom Group, Sculptures and Works on Paper from 1967, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2006; The Altan Group, Galerie Lindner, Vienna, Austria, 2005; The Altan Group, BERGNER + JOB GALERIE, Mainz, Germany, 2004; Construction of Vision, Źeichnungen, 1969-1975; Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, usée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, 2003; Carved Woodblock Monotypes – Sculptures 1968-1993, Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland; Inauguration of Visiting Artists’ Suites (with Jim Jennings), Oliver Ranch, Geyserville, CA, 2002; Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen, Mainz (cat.) Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster (cat.) Construction of Vision, Peter Blum, New York, NY, 2000; Warsaw, Krakow and Niepolomice, Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 1999; Galerie Starmach, Krakow; The Museum of Modern Art (Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej), Niepolomice (cat.); Krakow, Galerie Potocka, with the Museum of Modern Art (Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej), Niepolomice (cat.) L’Inauguration des vitraux, de la tapisserie et du mobilier liturgique, commande publique confiée à David Rabinowitch (Inauguration of the windows, tapestry and liturgical furniture, public works entrusted to David Rabinowitch.) – Organized by the Minister of Culture, France, Cathédrale of Notre Dame de Bourg, Digne-les-Bains Peter Blum, New York, NY, 1998
Visiting Artist Studios at Oliver Ranch is a pair of residential units framed by two concrete walls that provide an elongated surface on which Rabinowitch has carved an intricate design. The two seemingly parallel poured-in-place concrete walls cut through the hill, diverging slightly at the north and converging at the south. The stepped floor creates a shifting cross section through the length of the building to accentuate the perspectival phenomena of elongation and foreshortening of space. Rabinowitch’s site-specific, expansively gestural work is carved directly into the inward-facing surfaces of the concrete walls, in concert and in dialogue with Jennings’s architecture.
Learn more about Jim Jennings’s architecture at www.jimjenningsarchitecture.com.
Learn more about David Rabinowitch’s art at www.peterblumgallery.com.
Photos of David Rabinowitch and Jim Jennings’s Work at Oliver Ranch
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