CCA Lecture November 8

As part of the architecture and interior design series, Nikolas will be giving a lecture at the California College of the Arts on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 7 pm. He will discuss the work, the shop, and his band of mad cohorts. Here is the blurb overview:

Nikolas Weinstein Studios is a place where art, architecture, technology, design, and engineering come together to create large-scale, site-specific glass installations. With an aesthetic drawn from the natural world, Nikolas’s work appears animated and unrestrained but at the same time each piece must be a strictly controlled and carefully engineered system.

These opposing imperatives, and the artistic and technical challenges they pose, have drawn a rich and idiosyncratic mix of artists, engineers, craftspeople, gadgeteers, and other creative problem solvers to the studio team. In a very real sense, the studio is defined by the team’s willingness—nay, eagerness—to take on new and unusual challenges.

Solutions to these challenges include: building a room-size kiln from scratch for a one-off project; shipping containers packed with flat-folded glass “fabric” that can be unfurled and shaped on site like origami; harnessing gravity to lend a gentle curve to a piece of glass the size of a tree trunk; or sometimes a magnet on a stick is all that’s needed.

Nikolas will be sharing videos, images, and stories from a number of recent projects, illuminating the problems they posed, and the processes and solutions that made them possible.

About nikolas

Nikolas Weinstein was born in New York City in 1968. His aesthetic derives from a longstanding interest in the natural world. The influence of organic forms in his work dates to a young age, established during internships at The American Museum of Natural History and The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After graduating college with a degree in comparative literature, he moved to San Francisco, where he briefly worked as an assistant to a prominent graphic designer before founding his studio.
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