Outliers & Obsolescence
Opening September 10th, 2010 from 7-10pm
The structure within Tom Ngo’s recent work are both mechanically precise yet beguilingly abstract. Devoid of context, Tom kneads and rolls out buildings that defy categorization. The building subvert the traditional linear design process and are instead created through reiteration, expression, and whimsy. It is through this repetition that the structures, which may seem like superficial digressions, find their way towards a serendipitous purpose.
As a body, this chimera of structures represents an unwillingness to accept a deterministic view of design in which buildings are classified according to their function. The resultant structures cannot be described solely as archetypal houses or high-rises, but instead offer a glimpse into a built environment of structures that fulfill multiple roles. The result is a landscape where structures cannot be classified into “types.” This multifunctional landscape responds to the contemporary demand for objects that serve multiple purposes, as people themselves are adopting increasingly specialized and disparate roles. In this realm, outliers become orthodox, rendering conventional buildings obsolete.
After receiving his Masters of Architecture at Carleton University Tom Ngo committed to an artistic pursuit of the act of drawing. Ngo’s fascination with dissecting and analyzing the current buildings we operate in started out as an exploration to better understand their purpose. Firmly based in architectural principles, Ngo now pushes the rules and order of his acquired experience to explore the depths and possibilities of absurdity within our built environment. Interested in bridging the mind of the designer and the spirit of the artist, Ngo explores his subjects from a unique perspective. Ngo currently works for Moriyama & Teshima Architects and has explored projects at Lennox Contemporary and with Commute Home.