Scary Monsters'


Scary Monsters
Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5, 2013

Your house frightens me, Mrs. Lutz.
- Father Calloway, The Amityville Horror, 1979

All houses in the canon called "experimental" are strange in some way or another. Robie House, Farnsworth House, Villa Savoye, Villa Moller, Rietveld Schröder House, Schindler House, Neutra House, the Case Study Houses, and their like all exhibit certain unsettling qualities that, originally at least, makes them challenging. On the fringes of this cohort, however, is a different breed of experimental house that never quite fits in but nevertheless insists in a most disruptive way on some form of canonical reckoning. Geeks, perhaps, or nerds, with a goth chick in tow, this group of misfits is clearly a brilliant bunch yet seems not to care whether we get them or not. Ambivalent. Definitely peripheral to the canon but not outside of it either, historians and designers alike struggle to make sense of the messy heresies of this weird subculture. There is a limit, after all, to the measure of difficulty tolerable in any single object beyond which rational minds turn away in frustration. What divides these bright but eccentric stars from the high achievers lies at this threshold, where interpretive difficulty moves from the manageable to the unmanageable. This is what makes them strange. 

This colloquium examines six such cases.

Monday, April | 3:15pm – 5pm
Room 1302, Decafe

Hitoshi Abe, Chair, UCLA Architecture & Urban Design; Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Sendai/Los Angeles
Andrew Atwood, SCI Arc Design Faculty; Co-founder, First Office, Los Angeles
Michael Osman, Assistant Professor, UCLA Architecture & Urban Design
Jason Payne, Assistant Professor, UCLA Architecture & Urban Design; Principal, Hirsuta, Los Angeles
David Ruy, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, Pratt Institute; Principal, Ruy Klein, New York


Opening Reception:
Monday, April 1 | 5pm – 6:30pm
Perloff Gallery