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Terence Gower

Terence Gower (British Columbia, Canada, 1965) works on a number of bodies of work at once, each developed over several years. In the past decade the artist’s work has focused on a critical re-reading of the modern movement and its utopian bent. A desire to re-examine the notion of progress—a term corrupted by the excesses of technological modernism—has fuelled his research on the post-war period and has led to a search for models from the past that might still be relevant today. He has done extensive work about modern architecture in Mexico, the United States and Canada. He is especially interested in the question of how buildings signify beyond their function and in how non-representational forms can convey meaning. Abstract forms can communicate abstract ideas more effectively than representational or pictorial forms, and abstract art can be a political medium. His recent work on abstract art (Display Modern [Hepworth], Noguchi Galaxy) compliments his earlier research on architectural form. The Workshop Pavilion was commissioned in 2011 by MUSAC to house the activities of their education department. The structure was designed to solve a number of problems: recycle materials left over from past exhibitions; turn a rarely-used monumental sculpture gallery into a functional space; and make a more intimate, climate-controlled space in which to conduct workshops with visitors. The solution was to build a free-standing pavilion that fits tightly into the ten-metre-high gallery (which has made it very difficult to photograph) and use the left-over triangular corners of the gallery to park a series of mobile units—for audiovisual, craftwork, radio, and puppet show use—that open up into the space when they are required. Some educational activities are held in this space made for meetings and educational purposes.

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