David Eskenazi is the 2015-2016 Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan. He received his M.Arch from SCI-Arc with distinction and his B.Arch from Carnegie Mellon. His work has been published in Project Journal and Pidgin Magazine and has been exhibited in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Columbus. David previously worked for First Office and Zago Architecture, and was most recently the 2014-2015 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at Ohio State where he produced the exhibition Training Wheels.

d@davideskenazi.com or say hello in Ann Arbor, MI.

2015: Sep 21
Introducing Jose Oubrerie to Carnegie Mellon!

2015: May 22
I'm Trying to Sell Someone's Abstractions of the Staunton Chess Set. Do You Know Anyone Who Might Be Interested? Published in Pidgin Magazine Issue 19: Magic.

2015: May 16
Wheeling around a motel room during A One Night Stand.

2015: Apr 24
Training Wheels opens at 7pm! Come to the Banvard Gallery, if you can fit in. On view through September.

2015: Apr 24
Some students publish Some Questions Students Have Asked, Answered by an Emerging Practitioner Fellow in One:Twelve.

2015: Apr 8
Fellowship Lecture at OSU! Choose a title and enjoy the extreme hand gymnastics.

2015: Mar 20
ACSA 103 in Toronto. Presenting The Full Scale Problem.

2015: Feb 9
An Odd Picture is published in Project Journal Issue 4. PDF

2014: Dec 5
Enjoying a propellor plane flight to graduate reviews at Syracuse.

2014: Nov 7-9
Spending the weekend with some very dedicated students running the Actual Stuff workshop at OSU.

2014: Jul 2
Lecture at UCLA Jumpstart: On Scale.

Columbus, OH 2015

Often big things seem more serious than small things. Big things are heavier, more in the way, more noticeable, more aggravating. Their consequences just seem more real. Small things, on the other hand, are easily brushed aside and forgotten like a memory we aren’t sure ever happened. This installation aspires to make something big seem as itinerant as something small.

An architecture installation likes to think of itself as something big. It wants to be taken seriously like a building, which we can all agree is a serious big thing. But an architecture installation is limited by its size and can never be anything more than a desire to be big and serious. In this installation, that desire is made manifest in the tension between the collection of many large wheels and their model-like materiality.

Although big things usually suggest a form of stability, these wheels may roll around into any configuration. They are lightweight and ready to be rearranged at any time, to a limit. The suggestion of mutability posed by a bunch of wheels is only that - a suggestion - since the wheels are stuck inside a gallery only slightly larger than the collection. Rather than roll, the kinks in the wheels’ circular geometry and their askew centers of gravity constrains endless rolling to rocking back and forth, teasing a sense of infinite movement and instead offering only a slight disruption from a stable location.

The wheels are made of cardboard, a cheap yet strong paper product. Cardboard makes good models, but not very good buildings. The cardboard in this installation tunes the larger-than-a-person objects towards the qualities of an over-scaled model. The wheels, meanwhile, are staged like large drawings, sharing the same scale of geometric, notational, material, and conceptual parts.

Training Wheels is an oblique reference to the development of an architectural practice. Its title is fitted to the conceptualization of the Emerging Practitioner Fellowship, and suggests that the work is a contextual installation scaled to fit all the normal aspects of architectural practice like a site, a budget, a schedule, available labor, material constraints, and, of course, a job title.

Training Wheels was supported by the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship at Ohio State.

Project Manager: Alex Mann - Assistants: Amanda Pierce, Andrew Mateja - Consulting: Stephen Turk, Michael Cadwell - Assembly Team: John Dai, Chris Humphrey, Sidharth Ramamurthy, Kaley Overstreet, Kristy Balliet, Serena Brewer, Enio Dajko, Allison Drda, Josh Heinen, Tyler Ohnmeis, Fontyne Pagan, Dustin Page, Joseph Perry, Corey Phelps, Ryan Riordan, Ryan Sampson, Stephanie Sang Delgado, Michelle Schneider, Michael Testrake, Juan Valera, Shelby Wright