Embarrassing Architecture

The back alley dwelling folks at Betalevel bring you a tour of downtown tomorrow, October 4th, led by Erik Göngrich, who’s new book “Starving for Embarrassing Architecture” has just hit the shelves. The book covers Los Angeles’ “liberation from the rigid, static and formal rules of architecture” and the tour will culminate with a barbecue so bring sausages and beer.

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A Book Launch and Presentation of
“Starving for Embarrassing Architecture”
with a barbecue
by Erik Göngrich

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
8pm meeting at the nothern end of Yale Street (it is a cul de sac) in Chinatown (near betalevel)
from there we go all together with our cars to Downtown onto a parking lot which is on Flower str. and 9th Street.

If you are late you should come directly to the parking lot on Flower str. and 9th Street.
If you can´t find us please phone the mobile number: 323 490 4957
And please bring some sausages and beer for the barbecue.

Yale Street (it is a cul de sac) in Chinatown (near betalevel)

Downtown: Flower str. and 9th Street.

“Starving for embarrassing architecture”
contrasts photographic documentation of everyday architecture and situations in Los Angeles with drawings portraying the utopian wishes and longings for the ideal life and work space of the Angelinos. During his six month stay in Los Angeles, the artist investigated the image of the city and the connections between architecture and sculpture while riding his bike, taking pictures and asking questions.
“Embarrassment” fascinated him as e means of liberation from the rigid, static and formal rules of architecture. This is predominant mainly in his assembly of the city´s space plot by plot through private buildings and their individual facades. These structures serve as the point of departure for drawings presenting artistic interventions as well as architectural propositions.

Göngrich studied interior architecture at the Fachhochschule in Rosenheim, receiving his degree in 1991. From 1988-1992 he worked and studied with various architects including J.P. Kleihues in Berlin and Peter Eisenman in New York City. From 1992 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, receiving a master s degree in 1997. Since then he had various exhibitions in diffrent countrys, at last the 9.Istanbul Biennale 05. Göngrich s book publications include “What s Really Necessary to Add to Reality?” (Berlin, 1998); “Interface Rue du Chevaleret” (Paris, 1999); “Sitting Abroad” (Mexico City, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, 2000); “Picnic City” (Istanbul, 2001), “Everything else is inside”, Berlin 2005.
The last two books are both published by Revolver: http://www.revolver-books.de