Subterranea: Original Exhibition, January 2012

Subterranea: Drawings by Rick Gooding first premiered at Woodbury School of Architecture’s WEDGE Gallery in Burbank, California. The exhibition ran from January 10 through 28, 2012, with an opening reception on January 13. Subterranea: Drawings by Rick Gooding marked the artist’s first solo exhibition.

The following text accompanied the exhibition:

From the dawn of Man, he has inhabited underground caverns and caves around the world. Over 2,000 years ago, the Anasazi built communities of stone and brick above ground, but at Chaco Canyon, their ceremonial kivas at Casa Rinconada, Chetro Ketl, and Pueblo Bonito were all partially subterranean.

In the mid-1700s, Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi created a set of engravings known as the “Imaginary Prisons,” which depicted fantastic underground labyrinths of whimsical monumental architecture and ruin. These were epic in volume but empty of purpose.

In the early 1960s, the Austrian architect and artist Walter Pichler created a series of sketches for underground cities, which evolved into monumental sculptures with anthropomorphic overtones. Nearly a decade later, American artist Michael Heizer created a wide range of desert sculptures exploring depressions in the earth, which first led to his “Displaced/Replaced Mass” sculptures and culminated in his monumental “Double Negative,” a 1,500-foot-long earthwork at the edge of Mormon Mesa in Nevada.

All of the above-mentioned works are the inspiration for this series.

SUBTERRANEA (Geography), underground structures, both natural and man-made

The drawings began with a single sketch in a small book, which initially had more to do with composition than any preconceived purpose. These sketches went forgotten for a couple of years before I decided to develop them into a series of drawings. Using leftover paper from my office and only a loose straightedge and pencil, I would immediately start to hard-line the drawings, without any measuring, improvising as I went. Shading is done with only a 314 Draughting Pencil or ground 314 graphite rubbed on with my finger.

photos by Nils Timm

"Single-Handedly" publication to include select Subterranea drawings

Single-Handedly, a new collection of works by Nalina Moses and published by Princeton Architectural Press, will feature five drawings from Rick Gooding’s Subterranea series.

"Part of the generation of architects who were trained to draw both by hand and with digital tools, Nalina Moses recently returned to hand drawing. Finding it to be direct, pleasurable, and intuitive, she wondered whether other architects felt the same way.

Single-Handedly is the result of this inquiry. An inspiring collection of 220 hand drawings by more than forty emerging architects and well-known practitioners from around the world, this book explores the reasons they draw by hand and gives testimony to the continued vitality of hand drawing in architecture.

The powerful yet intimate drawings carry larger propositions about materials, space, and construction, and each one stands on its own as a work of art.”

The book is scheduled to be released in May 2019.

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