thingZ Gallery

Gail Peter Borden

cnc, mixed media, paint

Gail Peter Borden is a tenured professor and Director of Graduate Programs at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston. He is principal of the award winning firm Borden Partnership. His work has garnered numerous recognitions including: the Architectural League Price; the AIA Young Architect Award; Building Design and Construction magazine’s “40 Under 40” award; and numerous AIA, ACSA, and RADA awards. Borden received artist-in-residence awards from the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Borchard Fellowship; and the MacDowell Colony. He was named the youngest Fellow of the AIA in the history of California .He has multiple degrees in fine arts, art history, and architecture from Rice and Harvard.

He is currently nationally represented by Galleri Urbane in Dallas and Marfa.

Artist Statement // Matter is the substance of everything that exists. It emerges from the natural world with logics, physical attributes and systems that govern it. From erosion to food chains, growth patterns to land forms, the world is a physical realization of cause and effect. My interest lies in understanding these systems, and out of this understanding produce a revelation and expression of the often invisible physical constraints with harmonious structures.

My work bridges between the experiential and emotively perceptual nature of art and the rational tectonics of formal systems. Focused on the relationship of the part to holistic form all in relation to the spatial and effectual result, my work is in search of experiential environments. Rooted in perception, the work compliments material abstraction to produce sensorial effect.

Influenced by the synthetic energy and method based compositional integrity of abstract expressionism; the clarity of form of minimalism; the rational and effectual thinking of architectural modernity updated through the sophistication of surface, tectonic and material all to produce perception; these collective modalities illustrate touchstones in my thinking.