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New Image of Home: Drawings by Johan Voordouw

New Image of Home: Drawings by Johan Voordouw
Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B
Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa
Until February 11
Free admission

New Image of Home features 24 architectural drawings that explore contemporary representations of Canadian domestic space and new ways of drawing architecture.

The show examines how the home is represented in contemporary media. The drawings challenge the idea of the perfect, curated image of the home. 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.
The drawings represent domestic interiors in novel ways. They are embroidered, backlit, and drawn using dots instead of lines or rendered.

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

Johan Voordouw is an associate professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism at Carleton University and a registered architect in the United Kingdom. He has taught and practiced in the UK, Canada, and the Netherlands. Johan’s work has been extensively published and exhibited, including the IABR 2014, Royal Academy Summer Show in London (2010 and 2011) and the Venice Biennale (2010). He completed graduate studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, England, and his undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Johan’s research interests include digital design practice and its connection to architectural fabrication, theory, representation, and material craft.


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