Launch of 'Virtual Wright: Exploring the Hollyhock House'

Friday, 13 October 2017, 06:00 pm

Join us at the University Gallery for the launch of VIRTUAL WRIGHT: Exploring the Hollyhock House, an exhibition that unveils one of Frank Lloyd Wright's largest and most enigmatic works and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the American architect's birth.


Ian Owen, Nicholas Foulcher, Samantha Watt, and Michael J Ostwald

The University Gallery
Callaghan Campus

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Long regarded as one of the world’s greatest houses, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Aline Barnsdall (“Hollyhock”) House in Los Angeles is one of the architect’s largest and most enigmatic works. However, having been closed to the public for many years, some of the important formal and spatial properties of this heritage-listed masterpiece are now difficult to access, experience or understand.

Using new computer models of the house, this exhibition undertakes a design-based exploration of its invisible or forgotten properties. Employing a combination of virtual reality simulations, rapid prototyped models and unique sliced cross-sections through the house, the exhibition demonstrates Wright’s mastery of scale, form and representation, while also revealing its normally hidden bones. This dissection of the work includes not only its architecture and interior design, but also its furniture. The entire technologically-enabled process seeks to reveal this design in a completely new light.

This exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth and features the work of University of Newcastle's Ian Owen, Nicholas Foulcher, Samantha Watt, and Michael J Ostwald.

Exhibition dates: 11 – 28 October 2017

The University Gallery
Wednesdays – Fridays 10am – 5pm
Saturdays 12 noon – 4pm, or by appointment

Image: Ian Owen, The Piano Room: Cut Section, 2017, digital image, 119 x 84 cm