Once & Future Architecture

Opening Reception
Free and Open to the Community.
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June 22, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Architecture Center Houston
902 Commerce St
Houston, TX 77002

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Once & Future Architecture
Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston announce
AIA Houston Artisan of the Year Patrick Renner
June 22 – August 18, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 5:30-7:30pm


Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston are proud to announce their upcoming exhibition Once & Future Architecture by artist Patrick Renner opening Thursday, June 22, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm, and continuing through August 18. Renner is also being honored as the AIA Houston Artisan of the Year.

In Once & Future Architecture, Renner pays tribute to one of nature’s chief builders and architects, the mud dauber. Inspired by a piece he created in 2012, wooddauber, Renner fills the Center with a larger-than-life dauber nest. Renner’s fascination with the non-aggressive wasps began when he noticed the laboriously constructed nests throughout his Houston studio. “The unseen labor of the insects daubing mud bit-by-bit in a meticulous way appealed to my sense of meditative construction,” said Renner.

Constructed from architecture refuse Renner collected over the years, the installation is a patchwork of found materials that wraps around the gallery providing viewers an immersive experience of the labor and craftsmanship. “The colloquial action of ‘daubing’ also feels like it bridges a gap in my practice with the usage of the various colors of painted wood; throughout my career as a sculptor, I’ve explored the relationship between form and color with a sculptural vernacular that bounces between the poles of architecture and painting,” said Renner.

Once & Future Architecture exhibition is accompanied by an artist talk and student workshop. Additional information can be found on our events calendar.