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January 10–28, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, January 13th, 6:30pm

For Subterranea, architect Rick Gooding created more than 30 meticulous pencil drawings, each depicting an imaginary underground realm. Winding tunnels and labyrinthine passageways are rendered by hand, resolving into dense, intricate patterns.

In an era of digital representation, Gooding celebrates the precise and beautiful craft of manual drafting. He works without rulers or measuring devices and carefully constructs his drawings using the most basic architectural drafting tools: a straight edge, a 314 pencil, and an eraser and erasing shield. Gooding works exclusively in black and white. The simple palette occasionally produces Escher-esque qualities. Subversive flips of figure/ground and slips in optical logic confuse the readings of these rigorously constructed drawings.

These eerie illustrations inspire comparisons to Aldo Rossi’s stark linework, as well as to Surrealist painter Giorgio De Chirico’s forlorn cityscapes, in which the urban realm is inhabited as often by headless statuary as by human citizens. Gooding’s imagery evokes engine works and machine constructs, echoing power plants architecture as much as maze-like buildings for human habitation. Yet, however provocative, Gooding’s spaces are ultimately inaccessible.


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.

Gooding 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 joining Annie Chu in 1999.

Subterranea is his first solo exhibition.


Located in a sliver of the School of Architecture, the Wedge is the exhibition venue for the Los Angeles–Burbank campus. The gallery space presents multiple shows a semester, each exhibition fitting into an overarching theme. As a venue, WEDGE addresses and brings together two audiences, the Burbank campus and Los Angeles’ greater architecture and design community. The space exhibits student work, giving students the opportunity to learn from their classmates’ drawings and models, as well as work by invited architects, artists, and faculty members.

Subterranea: Drawings by Rick Gooding
2011-12 WEDGE Gallery Aquifer Series
Woodbury University School of Architecture
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504

January 10th-28th
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13th, 6:30pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 1–4 p.m., or by appointment