Lead Pencil Studio, the project of artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, came to Langara to give the term’s first public art lecture series on behalf of the Langara College Centre for Art in Public Spaces.
Highly innovative and creative, Lead Pencil Studio focuses on both art and architecture. Founded in 1997, the collaborative won the 2007 Founder’s Rome Prize in Architecture and was recognized in 2006 as an ‘emerging voice’ by the Architectural League of New York.
The lecture was the first of the Spring 2013 speaker series for Langara’s Centre for Art in Public Spaces department and was co-sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver.
During the lecture, Han and Mihalyo showed slides of their work featuring black and white photographs of ghost towns and empty parking lots. They discussed their architecture work in New York and described how they scanned Times Square using light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology. Lead Pencil Art used LIDAR images to “get a sense of the city by observing the exterior.”
Mihalyo explained that only 33 per cent of a building is architecture, and that “40 per cent of what you think is the city, is junk.”
Lecture a crowd-pleaser
The audience, almost entirely made up of artists, had high praise for Lead Pencil Studio.
Painter Andrea Taylor enjoyed the lecture, saying that it was both interesting and informative.
Langara alumni Jackson Ross was also pleased with the lecture.
“I liked the history behind the projects, especially the one at Peace Arch. Abandoned structures are especially appealing to me,” he said.
Lead Pencil Studio will be working on their upcoming project in Alabama this year, as well as the Experience Music Project, opening late April.
Reported by Sera Akdogan.
Sera Akdogan sits down with arts instructor Luke Blackstone to discuss Lead Pencil Studio’s inaugural lecture of Langara’s Centre for Art in Public Spaces spring series.
For a full lecture given by Lead Pencil Studio at the University of Cincinnati, please click here.