Object-Type Landscapes

On Display
September 14, 2011 to December 13, 2011
Kibel Gallery

A collection of work by Atlanta-based Architect Anthony Ames will be on display beginning September 14th at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s Kibel Gallery. “Object-Type Landscapes” will include a series of paintings, models and a dinnerware set, both inspired and the inspiration for Ames’ functional yet expressive modernist architecture. A lecture by Ames will open the gallery show on September 14th in Auditorium 0204 at 6:15 pm, followed by a reception.


For more than three decades, architect Anthony Ames has produced a series of paintings that, much like his architecture, are geometric and rational yet intuitive and familiar. Informed by a purist aesthetic, they explore an ambiguity create by deep and shallow, pattern and perspective, and distinction and resemblance.


His beautifully designed houses - represented at the exhibition by nine architectural models - use, reuse and transform ideas borrowed from such architects as Le Corbusier, Richard Meier and Giuseppe Terragni. As Ames has written, "The form of these houses is never novel in the sense they claim to be pure invention.... It is not novelty that interests me but rather the piece thievery and the trail of evidence that it leaves behind."


Also on view are paintings and a porcelain dinnerware set. Ames considers the paintings and designed objects as connected and informing his architectural work through the ideas they share. And ever-present is the landscape, as the inspiration at the beginning of a residential commission or as an element in a painted composition.


Anthony Ames


Anthony Ames has been called one of Atlanta’s most important residential architects, adding a modernist touch to the southern city’s traditional landscape. His many design projects include the Orientation Center for the Atlanta Botanical Garden (1984) and the Fulton County Library in Alpharetta (1986). Ames is a graduate of both the Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1983, the Architectural Record House Award for Hulse Pavilion in 1978 and the Progressive Architecture Design Citation for Garden Pavilion in 1982. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the American Academy in Rome. Ames maintains a small private architectural practice in Atlanta.