Dirk Arnold: Endangered Architecture
The Temple Gallery is honored to present the work of Dirk Arnold in its new exhibition, Dirk Arnold: Endangered Architecture. The exhibition features Arnold’s framed shadowbox miniatures of Tucson’s historic building facades, many of which have disappeared as generic urban sprawl has encroached upon the city. The exhibition opens with an artist reception on Friday, March 2, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and runs through April 3.
Although trained as an architect, Arnold’s true love was constructing architectural models. Endangered Architecture was born of a happy communion between his training and the desire to preserve Tucson’s unique cultural heritage before it is lost to the chain stores and strip malls that are remaking the American city into a model of ubiquity and sameness. However, Arnold’s shadowboxes, such as the façade of the Tucson Warehouse & Transfer Co., transcend mere nostalgia. Architectural models, now themselves replaced by software, are the perfect, optimistic representation of the building-to-be, of the future. Arnold’s shadow boxes capture that optimism, at the same time that they frame the architecture in a specific time. For Arnold, Tucson’s future is in highlighting and protecting the best of its past.
Dirk J. Arnold obtained B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. His professional background includes graphic design, technical communication, and multimedia development.
Dirk Arnold: Endangered Architecture opens at the Temple Gallery with an artist reception on Friday, March 2, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The show runs through April 3, 2012. The Temple Gallery is located in SoCo (the recently designated cultural district South of Congress) at the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson at 330 S. Scott Ave. Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm and before Arizona Theatre Company performances on Saturday and Sunday. For information about the show, please contact Etherton Gallery, which manages the Temple Gallery at (520) 624-7370 or email@example.com. To confirm Temple Gallery weekend hours, call the box office at (520) 622-2823.