I have titled this series of drawings 'Subterranea' which refers to underground structures-both natural and man made.
The typically section-axonometric drawings depict cuts through underground tunnels and passageways intricately woven into dense fields to create barren labyrinthian spaces. The drawings evoke engine/machine constructs for various types of power plants as much as they do buildings for human habitation. The eerie, provocative, yet-ultimately inaccessible spaces inspire comparisons to my generational influences such as Aldo Rossi and Walter Pichler as well as to Surrealist painter Giorgio De Chirico’s forlorn cityscapes. Using purely black and white tones the drawings are all constructed with the most basic architectural drafting tools without measurement: straight edge, 314 pencil, eraser and erasing shield. The simple palette occasionally produces Escher-esque qualities, as subversive flips and slips in drawing logics confuse the readings of the rigorously and relentlessly constructed drawings.
Artist Bio / CV
Rick Gooding is a principal of the award winning firm CHU+GOODING Architects in Los Angeles, focusing on projects for arts-related and higher education clients, including arts organizations such as MoCA, Hammer Museum, the Getty Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Southern California Public Radio and the Autry National Center.
Rick received a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University in 1985 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1984. He trained for 14 years as Project Architect or Associate with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City, Morphosis, Franklin D. Israel, Richard Meier Partners & Johnson Fain Partners in Los Angeles before forming CHU+GOODING Architects in 1999