1.5 Rooms is happy to host HOUSE OF CARDS, a performance of architecture, black jack, and cocktails, presented with the Performa 17 Biennial.

House of Cards originates from a series of blackjack games and terminates in a physical house of cards, using both manual and automated labor. Against a soundscape of casino and restaurant, the gallery is denatured and transformed through productive leisure. As the card games progress, participants reveal the essential value of human error, and how a game of chance might be harnessed in the creation of built space. The promise of automation lies in infallibility and durability, but is architecture resulting from automated labor actually a house of cards?

Stephen Fan is a designer and urbanist, working on informal economies and architectures in marginalized communities. Ryan John teaches architectural design and researches on workflows between complex materials and machines. Mei Lun Xie is an architect whose other interests include performance, visual art, and labor in the textile community. Their work was last shown in the Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2016.

Unnatural Hardware

Opening Thursday, July 6
On view July 6 - August 27

Isn't it great how Linnean binomials make a dandelion seem so scientific?

Patterns form cells, and cells accumulate to become organic phenomena - red tides, mineral deposits, viruses - at scales largely inaccessible to traditional modes of human perception. These virtual ecosystems interact little with the outside world, save for their material bodies and their requisite AC.

Unnatural Hardware offers tools for translation. Jack Schneider’s ultraviolet botanical photography renders the point of view of an insect, while Kai Franz displaces nature as form-finder with sculpture that reconfigures geologic material using digital processes. Together, these works attempt to renegotiate our false position at the center of the universe.

Kai Franz was born in Cologne, Germany and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Recent solo exhibitions include While Still Before Us All at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, The Particles Fell Silent at ROCKELMANN &, Berlin, and Serial Nature at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. Franz received undergraduate degrees in architecture from RWTH Aachen and ETH Zurich, and M.Arch from Princeton University in 2012. He was a Fulbright Scholar while undertaking MFA program at RISD, and in 2013–14 was an artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany. Franz is an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design; he is represented by ROCKELMANN & in Berlin.

Jack Schneider is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL. His work investigates the effects of anthropogenic thought, systems and processes on other species and the environment. His recent solo shows include Call of Cthulhu at Born Nude and INTO at Amur Initiatives Media & Research. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Adds Donna, Obst (fka Beautiful Gallery), Lodos, Courtney Blades, European Graduate School and the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago along with the James Ray Nelson Fellowship Award. Schneider is also the co-director of Prairie, an exhibition space in Chicago, IL.

Unnatural Hardware is the third of four exhibitions in the series Cross-Sections: Four Views of Emerging Artists and Architects, supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


Opening Sunday, March 19, 3-6pm
On view March 19 - April 23

A corner, a square, a curve. A support, a wall, a foundation. A capital, a colonnade, a figure.

1.5 Rooms presents Corners, a post-techno-utopian take on fundamental forms and the urban monument, featuring the work of Ang Li and Anuar Maauad. Using digital and traditional methods of reproduction and defacement, Li and Maauad redefine primary civic objects.

ANG LI is an architect and artist working in Chicago, IL. She has recently completed projects for the Echo Art Fair in Buffalo, New York and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Her writing and work has been featured in publications such as Pidgin, Clog, Thresholds, Manifest, Abitare, Wired, and Blueprint Magazine. Ang holds a B.A. in architecture from the University of Cambridge, and a M.Arch. from Princeton University, where she also served as an editor of Pidgin Magazine. Previously, she was the 2015-16 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo. She is currently a Visiting Artist in the department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

ANUAR MAAUAD is an artist based in Mexico City. He is the founder of Casa Maauad, the artist-run residency program in Mexico City, which was was founded in 2010. Casa Maauad has hosted more than 60 national and international artists, curators and critics from all disciplines to develop contemporary art production by focusing on nurturing solid relationships between guest artists and the local scene.

Maauad has shown his own sculpture-based works in a number of exhibitions including Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL, Polyforum Siqueiros, Ciudad de México, México, Museo De Arte Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Galería Emma Molina, Monterrey, México, Casa Maauad, Ciudad de México, México, and Museo de arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, México.

Corners is the second of four exhibitions in the series Cross-Sections: Four Views of Emerging Artists and Architects, supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Febuary 18 - March 14, 2017

Lawn Redrawn w/ New Affiliates and Colleen Tuite

A part of GARDEN ROOMS: a new, seasonal series exploring the commingling of environments, running in parallel with regular exhibition programming at 1.5 Rooms.

October 18 - December 16, 2016

Nuclear Family presents new, site-specific works by Chanel von Habsburg-Lothringen and and the design manufacturing studio Thing Thing. Wrought from the detritus of post-war American industry and the myth of a singular family unit, the show mines the fertile garbage we’ve inherited.

Chanel von Habsburg-Lothringen deconstructs generational relationships, presenting in this exhibition with large scale prints on vinyl banners that are both both grotesque and commemorative. Sourcing from the landscape of Detroit, Thing Thing harvests post-consumer plastic waste and hand-recycles it into a unique substrate, creating dystopic yet exuberant objects inspired by Enzo Mari’s proto-DIY “Autoprogettazzione” furniture.

Sited in a residential apartment, Nuclear Family plays off the space itself -- unsettling the home with visions of the life of the interior.

CHANEL VON HABSBURG-LOTHRINGEN (b. 1989, Detroit, MI) holds an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in Social Science and History of Art from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her work addresses the American notion of aspiration, mortality, and persona.

Her previous exhibitions include: Figure as Form, LTD Gallery Hollywood Hills Home, Los Angeles, TRUNK SHOW 2, gallery1993, Los Angeles (solo), NADA New York, Boyfriends, Chicago (solo), Flat Foldability, Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles, Female Body Inspector, Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles; Meanwhile in Lonesome Valley, Loudhailer, Los Angeles, Detroit Independent Film Festival, and Royal Albert Hall. She is the co-founder of EMBASSY and has curated projects at Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), Detroit Design Festival, the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead and Cranbrook Museum of Art.

THING THING is a manufacturing studio practicing in Detroit. Established in 2012, Thing Thing designs processes to work intuitively with materials and methods usually reserved for industrial production.

Thing Thing is Simon Anton, Eiji Jimbo, Rachel Mulder and Thom Moran. Previous exhibitions include: The Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Shenzhen, China, Green Space, Detroit, Ready-To-Hand, Present-At-Hand, CVA Gallery Toledo, Mobile Homestead Artist-in-Residence, MOCAD Detroit, and Common Ground, 13th International Bienniale of Architecture, Venice.

Nuclear Family is the first of four exhibitions in the series Cross-Sections: Four Views of Emerging Artists and Architects, generously supported by The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts