Powering Up / Powering Down 1/30/04-2/1/04
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Mark Cottle

*O Brad, warm* and *O Brad, cool*, 2002/2004, installation, dimensions variable (roughly 120" by 18" diameter each), found 'paparazzi' image from internet 'celebrity shrine', photocopy paper, paper clips.

“To focus on the detail ... is to become aware ... of its participation in a larger semantic network, bounded on the one side by the ornamental, with its traditional connotations of effiminacy and decadence, and on the other by the everyday, whose 'prosiness' is rooted in the domestic sphere of social life....” -- Naomi Schor, “Reading in Detail”

“There is a delicate empiricism which so intimately involves itself with the object that it becomes true theory.” -- Goethe, cited by Walter Benjamin in “A Short History of Photography”

“... the sensory embrace of images, the bodily engagement that most people (except Kantians and modernists) have with artworks.” --Christopher Pinney, “Beyond Aesthetics: Art and the Technologies of Enchantment”


Mark Cottle is an associate professor in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech, where he teaches design, architectural theory, and a seminar on the detail. He studied architecture at Rice and Harvard and has taught at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa and at RISD. He has received a number of national design awards, including a Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome and the Steedman Fellowship, which he spent primarily in India. A principal in the firm Cottle Khan Architects, he has built in Atlanta, Boston, Delhi, and Karachi. A working artist, he exhibits frequently.

“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.