Todd Eberle

Architectural Abstractions
December 16, 2005–March 7, 2006

Architectural abstractions — cropped details of ceilings, windows, tiling, and other surfaces — are the subject of Todd Eberle’s most recent photographic series. His large-scale color photographs record patterning and detail in marginalized architectural surfaces — those which we do not usually notice when we experience a building. Most interested in the ceiling plane, Eberle shifts its horizontal, overhead surface to a vertical position, placing it squarely within our field of vision. The exhibition includes many pictures never before shown, featuring such noted 20th-century American buildings as the Lever House, New York (Gordon Bunshaft, 1952); Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1907); and the Seagram Building, New York (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, 1958).

This exhibition is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is generously supported by an anonymous donor.

Todd Eberle, Untitled #10 [Tennessee Pipeline Company Building, Houston, Texas (Chuck Bassett/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1963)], 2002; © Todd Eberle