Nov. 3, 2016

Contact: Garet Zook

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Feature time[scape]lab’s ‘Confabulatores Nocturni’ Exhibit Nov. 16 to Dec. 16

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Confabulatores Nocturni” — an exhibit featuring theoretical designs by time[scape]lab, a group whose work considers architecture in terms of its representation and its physical existence — from Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Dec. 16.

time[scape]lab is made up of architects Brian and Katherine Ambroziak, professors at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Andrew McLellan, who has degrees in architecture and creative writing. The display will include various media in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

The opening gallery reception is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. On Friday, Nov. 18, Ambroziak and McLellan will discuss their collaborative as part of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Hearst Lecture Series. The talk begins at 5 p.m. in the rotunda of the Business Building (No. 3), Room 213.

The artists’ work features a significant bias towards writing and collage. Their methods of representation rely heavily upon systems of two-, three- and four-dimensional montage to provide a fragmented reading open to a greater degree of personal interpretation, the development of various time signatures from a single vantage point, the application of time-based media that allow for further transformation of the image, and the application of sound.

“Confabulatores Nocturni” has been shown at the University of North Carolina’s Storrs Gallery, Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee, and the University of Maryland’s Kibel Gallery. In 2015, one of the designs received second place in the Yeats International Design Competition. In 2014, “Confabulatores Nocturni” received an ACSA Faculty Design Award and was featured in the chapter “Collage Drawing” in Jennifer A. E. Shields’ 2014 book, “Collage and Architecture,” the first text to cover collage as a tool for design in architecture.

time[scape]lab will also offer a workshop to upper-division architecture and art and design students titled “The Plane of Non-Agreement,” which considers the origins of the creative process and the role of writing in search of alternative starting points in the conception of space. The hour-long workshop will invoke a series of steps that navigate between the written word and methods of collage and montage. Two sessions will be held in the gallery: 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17; and noon Friday, Nov. 18.

For more information or to reserve space, contact Jennifer Evans Shields at

The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery
The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.
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