Lecture by Kelly Bair
April 26, 2016


Tuesday April 26, 2016. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:15 pm.
$10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.


Kelly Bair, principal of Central Standard Office of Design, will lecture on Tuesday, April 26, as part of MAS Context’s 2016 Spring Talks series. The lecture will take place at the new offices of Studio Gang Architects (1520 W Division Street, Chicago, IL 60642).


Tight Fade: On Architectural Gradation

Tight Fade: On Architectural Gradation is a collection of recent work by Central Standard Office of Design. The work originates from two rather distant points of influence: popular culture (specifically the Tight Fade haircut) and high art (specifically 2d drawing and 3d objects). In popular culture, “Tight Fade” is a term used colloquially in reference to a vintage haircut. The Tight Fade relies on a set of specific parameters that can be adjusted for various looks however the principle of the cut has remained the same over time: transition across a geometrically intricate surface with varying degrees of smoothness based on a desired effect…or style.

This collection of work looks to these techniques and others unique to both references and adapts them to produce new architectural effects, material strategies and formal sensibilities. Through drawings and objects, the work constructs relationships between opposites such as contrasting profiles (ie. pitched roofs to arched roofs) and material transitions (ie. opaque to transparent). Moving beyond color as a primary vehicle for studying gradation, the work seeks to uncover ways in which architecture engages other visual element transitions such as planar to volumetric, material to immaterial, and 2 dimensions to 3 dimensions.


Copies of the latest issues of MAS Context will be available for purchase.

Thanks to graphic designer Larry Mayorga for the teaser. To see more of his work, please visit: www.larrymayorga.com


This talk is hosted by the Chicago office of Studio Gang Architects. MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support




Kelly Bair is principal of Central Standard Office of Design, an architectural research studio based in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Most recently her work was exhibited in the 1st Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015) and the upcoming 16th International Architecture Exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in collaboration with Kristy Balliet of Balliet Studio and Bair Balliet. Bair is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also co-founder of Possible Mediums, a collaborative of four Midwestern architects and educators interested in shaking up the context and format in which architecture is taught, produced, and engaged.



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