Trying to pin down what's coursing through Urculo's mind by looking at his work is quite a tough feat. He is, after all, "interested in all that is peripheral to architecture—the processes, developments and approaches that can be manipulated, sampled and translated into other scales."
Urculo's works range from household objects arranged to look like famous works of architecture, to design hotels, to art cars, to treating an entire estate as a a canvas for performative pieces. When I ask him about the new works to be exhibited in "Jet Lag," I receive a response that's as ambiguous as the peripheral field he occupies: "Still life and the theme of accumulation are starting points. I used structures, found objects, coded diagrams, and the reconstruction of possible memories as material to create the pieces," he wrote via email. To get a better understanding of what that might result in, I posed a few questions.
When flights are on time.
To design an opera set.
"Aren't you going to BUILD anything soon?"
The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq.
Last film watched:
"White Nights" by Luchino Visconti.
Things take time.
When not designing:
Cooking for my office. We're very much like a family and stop for an hour and a half each day to cook, talk, and eat.
The best seat in the house:
A Wegner sofa for a quick nap.
Wish you had met:
The director Busby Berkeley.
Looking forward to:
Seeing everyone at The Popular Workshop opening on Friday!
"Jet Lag: New Works by Luis Urculo" runs from January 20th to February 24th at The Popular Workshop, 1173 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 20th, from 6:00-10:00 PM.
A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com