Field Conditions

September 01, 2012 - January 06, 2013

Can there be architecture without buildings? What if a wall or a floor went on forever? What happens when people move through a room? From immersive installations to intricate drawings, the works in Field Conditions pose provocative questions about the construction, experience, and representation of space. This exhibition assembles an array of projects by both noted architects and contemporary artists — including Stan Allen, Tauba Auerbach, Sol LeWitt, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lebbeus Woods, and others — that redefine the relationships between invisible and visible, field and boundary, finite and infinite. Field Conditions invites us to imagine beyond the frame.

  • Lebbeus Wood, white lightning shapes on black background
    Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 3, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of anonymous donors and the Accessions Committee Fund; Lebbeus Woods
  • Thom Faulders, Cluster Diagram
    Thom Faulders, Cluster Diagram, 2001; graphite and gesso on paper; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; Thom Faulders
  • Casey Reas, white web structures on black background
    Casey Reas, Process 7 (detail), 2010; multimedia; Courtesy the artist; Casey Reas
  • Marsha Cottrell, Hypothetical Place 2
    Marsha Cottrell, Hypothetical Place 2, 2002; inkjet print on paper; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; Marsha Cottrell
  • Marsha Cottrell, white line drawing on top of starry sky
    Marsha Cottrell, A Black Powder Rains Down Gently On My Sleepless Night (detail), 2012; iron oxide on mulberry paper; Courtesy the artist; Marsha Cottrell
  • Tauba Auerbach and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer installation view
    Field Conditions installation view: Tauba Auerbach, 50/50 Floor, 2008; Courtesy the artist. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Homographies, 2006; Courtesy the artist, Galera OMR, and bitforms gallery. Photo: Matthew Millman