Carleton University’s Johan Voordouw, professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, will open New Image of Home – an exhibition of 24 drawings that explores media representations of Canadian domestic space, as well as new ways of drawing architecture.

Media are invited to attend the exhibition and reception.

Exhibition
When: Thursday, Jan. 9 to Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday
Where: Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public.

Reception/Vernissage
When: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition’s pictures challenge the idea of the perfect curated image of the single-family house. In this domestic space, cups are left on the coffee table, toys under the television stand, and laptops and other devices are strewn around. All of these things are visible, but the method of drawing makes them fuzzy, hidden, ghostly.

“I became interested in the home as represented in design magazines and sought to convey domestic space as an expression of daily life,” says Voordouw.

The digitally created drawings are embroidered, backlit and drawn using dots. Dots have historical significance in art, such as pointillism and Pop Art, and half-tone images in newspapers and print magazines. However, dots are not typical in architectural representation, which is dominated by the line in sketches and technical drawings and renderings, illustrated by hand or computer imagery.

The images are a culmination of a two-year research project examining the spatial evolution of the Canadian home and the material content in photographic representations. The research studied 325 projects from 1956 to 2017.

About Johan Voordouw

Voordouw has taught and practiced in the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands. His work has been extensively published and exhibited, including at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), Royal Academy Summer Show in London, England, and the Venice Biennale. Voordouw’s research interests include digital design practice and its connection to architectural fabrication, theory, representation and material craft.

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