Construction House is a continuation of Providence College Galleries’ (PC–G) Beyond Bauhaus program, a more than yearlong series of exhibitions, publications and commissioned installations featuring contemporary artists whose studio practices register with the history and concerns of Bauhaus (1919-1933), the German art school so influential on modern art, architecture, craft, design and education.
Construction House is a two-person exhibition featuring Heather Rowe and Ad Minoliti, artists whose work often formally connects to and, in some cases, homages International Style architecture and various modern design movements. With new works created for this exhibition, however, the two artists collectively suggest how some of the signature aspects of modernist architecture and design, such as structure, order, and light, possess the potential to become hierarchical, exclusionary, or even threatening. New York City and Providence-based artist Heather Rowe intensifies the portentousness of memory mixed with modernist spaces, while Paris and Buenos Aires artist Ad Minoliti neutralizes the negative or oppressive characteristics of modern design.
Heather Rowe works at the intersection of architecture, sculpture and installation. She is interested in how the physical and psychological experience of the built environment connects to memory and illusion. Her mixed-media installations mine the practical and fantastical aspects of architectural history, consisting of familiar building materials, mirrors, nods to modernist principles and the history of decoration, often conflated with narrative or filmic references.
Ad Minoliti uses feminist and queer theory to generate different interpretations of painting, design, architecture, art history and visual language. Ranging from paintings and digital prints to experimental installations, their work centers around geometry and abstraction in ways that illustrate how gender theory connects to visual culture, lifestyle and environmental design—think car magazines written just for men or home decorating guides designed for just for women. Pictorial languages of found imagery is transformed into collage and other mixed-media forms.
Construction House is organized by Jamilee Lacy, PC–G Director & Chief Curator. Support for the exhibition and publication as part of the Beyond Bauhaus series is generously provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Providence College’s School of Arts & Sciences and Department of Art & Art History.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ad Minoliti splits their time between Paris and Buenos Aires. They have exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, most recently including solo and two-person shows at Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, Argentina; Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, France; Nogueras Blanchard Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; Galería Agustina Ferrera, Mexico City, Mexico; and Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany, among others. As an artist-in-residence, she created and launched The Feminist School of Painting at Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, and he participated in the Bienal del Mercosur in Porto Alegre, Brazil; the Aichi Triennale, Japan; Front Triennal, Cleveland; and the 2019 Venice Biennale, Italy. They were an agent at the Artistic Investigation Center of Argentina since 2009, when they also founded the group PintorAs, a feminist collective of Argentinian painters. In 2020, she will launch exhibitions at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; and Kunsthalle Lisbon, Portugal. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Pueyrredón, Argentina.
Heather Rowe lives in New York and teaches in Providence. Her recent projects include a large-scale solo outdoor project at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York; a solo exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, New York; in Performing the Grid at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery; in “Third Girl” at Lucien Terras, New York; and a two-person show with Kate Gilmore titled “Only in Your Way” at DiverseWorks, Houston. She has also exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at numerous galleries and museums, including PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, New York; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; UMMA/University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Galerie Zink, Berlin, Germany; D’Amelio Terras, New York; Michael Benevento Gallery, Los Angeles; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Andrea Rosen, New York; White Columns, New York; and Artists Space, New York. In 2008, her work was featured in the Whitney Biennial. Rowe holds a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, New York.