Highly Value Engineered

Exhibition / Objects


Berlin / Los Angeles

The collection of objects in Highly Value Engineered (HVE) occupies the space between architecture, sculpture, and decoration. This objects emerged from an obsession over a failed lobby remodel plagued by value engineering (VE), or colloquially put, “cost-cutting”. The exhibition construes cheapness to include mass-produced construction readymades and speculates on the viability of architecture within an arena of frugality and minimal means. Relieved of their functional singularities, these estranged readymades undergo dissident procedures that override their use-value. Staged as objects of aesthetic contemplation, the exhibition attempts a revealing of the elusive beauty of these readymades and other immaterial peculiarities they may possess.

HVE has been generously supported by Chalfant-Obo Bettermann Group and Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.