OMI International Arts Center: Architecture OMI




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Ariane Lourie Harrison & Seth Harrison, Harrison Atelier, Species Niches

Brooklyn-based design firm, Harrison Atelier, created a pavilion that is an undulating canopy of networked spaces sited at the edge of the forest and field in Architecture Omi’s rolling landscape. The pavilion’s design draws inspiration from the structural logic of the “reciprocal frame:” no single hierarchy governs the network of the one thousand, local-sourced oak structural members; rather, the geometries of the design are interdependent and interwoven.

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Guy Goldstein: Time Signatures, 2014

Tel Aviv-based visual artist and musician Guy Goldstein’s project, Time Signatures, began with Goldstein’s fascination with weathervanes, a vernacular architecture element foreign to Israel yet native to the Hudson River Valley. Goldstein is interested in their simple practicality, the stories they tell, kitsch design, and relationship to Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s canonical architecture text, Learning From Las Vegas (only relatively recently translated into Hebrew). Time Signatures will include a series of large-scale sculptures referencing weathervanes but with a dramatic change from traditional scale and iconography.







Alice Aycock: A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels, 2012, concrete
block, wood, earth, approx. 28’ wide x 50’ long x 9’ deep.

A reconstruction of an iconic piece, Alice Aycock (b. 1946) describes the work as “a subterranean network of passages set up for the purpose of operating below the surface of the earth.” creating an all-encompassing experience of transitioning from darkness to light. Her work, like much of what is frequently grouped under the term “earthworks,” is a hybrid of sculpture, architecture, and landscape.


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Yoandy Rizo Fiallo, Nest: Points of View, 2012

Yoandy Rizo Fiallo is an architect at O+ Studio in Havana, Cuba. In 2012, he was a recipient of a pilot grant for emerging Cuban designers, developed by the Vermont Studio Center, in partnership with Architecture Omi, the JM Kaplan Fund, and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. Fiallo participated in a 6-week residency program at the Vermont Studio Center, which culminated in the exhibition Skyline Adrift: Cuban Art and Architecture at Architecture Omi. Skyline Adrift featured the work of Fiallo, fellow grant-recipient Yilena Feitó, and two Cuban émigré artists Armando Mariño Calzado and Alexandre Arrechea.


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Oliver Kruse & Students at Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Interfere(nce), 2012

A project by Oliver Kruse (b. 1965) in collaboration with students and staff at Peter Behrens School of Architecture (Düsseldorf University of Applied Art and Sciences), Interfere inaugurates Architecture Omi’s commitment to furthering pedagogical opportunities for critical and applied art/architectural practices.


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Brian Brush, Omi Rock Pavilion, 2013

Omi Rock Pavilion is a large faceted structure situated on a hilltop overlooking stunning views of the Catskills which operates at the intersection of art and architecture, tying in the experience of viewing the landscape with being of the landscape. Omi Rock Pavilion is by Brian Brush, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP and founding partner of noted design firm E/B Office. His work focuses on the intersection of architecture and art, specifically through the manifestation of information in form, space, and material.


Mission: Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians, and dancers. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to a vibrant arts culture locally, regionally, and internationally. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world.
The Fields Sculpture Park and
Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Café
Omi International Arts Center
1405 County Route 22, Ghent, New York 12075
(518) 392-4747

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Residency Programs Offered at OMI International Arts Center

Omi International Arts Center has four distinct residency programs. Through a competitive jury process, residents are chosen, invited to attend at no cost to themsleves, except travel. Abundant, catered meals and comfortable, beautiul lodgings are provided in a scenic location in Columbia County, New York. Omi is two hours north of New York City by train.

Art Omi International Artists Residency invites thirty artists from around the world every July for a  four week residency. Writers Omi at Ledig House sponsors forty writers and translators from around the world for up to two months each year. Music Omi brings together twelve to fifteenmusician-composers from around the world in August for three weeks. Dance Omi International Dance Collective brings together ten dancersfrom around the world for three weeks in late August.


Photographs copyright Jeff Heatley, except photographs of Aycock, which were supplied courtesy of OMI International Arts Center..  Copy/captions courtesy of OMI International Arts Center.

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