Project currently in Design
Solo Exhibition, Gallery4Culture, May 2018
MEM(ento): Something to make one remember
MEM(oir): A record of a thing to remember
MEM(orandum): A reminder
MEM(orable): Worth remembering
MEM(orabilia): Things worth remembering
MEM(ory): The ability to recall
For the last two years, my office has been working on a speculative project that investigates the topics of memory and mortality through the lens of architecture. The project began as a personal project, to serve as a means for me to cope with my father’s rapid loss of memory in early 2015. In an attempt to continue a conversation of sorts with my father that I could no longer have otherwise, I decided to design a columbarium adjacent to a winery building sited on a riverfront property in eastern shore Maryland, which he and I designed twenty years before, but which was never built. Following the death of my father in early 2016, the project developed into an ongoing architectural investigation for my office. Entitled ‘Memory Houses’, the project explores architectural typologies such as dwelling, chapel, tomb, and memorial. Through drawings, physical models, and written narrative the project features nine allegorical works of architecture which attempt to weave together a story about the significance of memory in our everyday lives. The project was significantly impacted by my experiences while a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome from January through July 2017.
We are currently in the process of preparing the project for a solo exhibition at King County 4Culture's Gallery4Culture during the month of May 2018.
Douglas Darden + Raimund Abraham + Mary-Ann Ray + John Hejduk.