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TOM NGO
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Tom Ngo, Sphinx, gouache and graphite on paper mounted to board, 2011

After receiving his Masters of Architecture at Carleton University Tom Ngo stumbled upon a gouache paint set in a neighbour’s trash bin. By merging the medium with technical drafting Tom Ngo embarks on an exploration into the architectural absurd. Born in Hong Kong and currently based in Toronto Ngo has explored projects at Lennnox Contemporary and with Commute Home.

AN EXCERPT FROM TOM NGO’S MASTER’S THESIS: ARCHITECTURAL ABSURDITY

“Common sense and conventional practice prohibits the evolution of architecture. Through reproducing past models for efficiency and economy, routine thinking preserves the flaws of the standard model.[1] Using different frameworks of thought, architects can create new solutions, which rectify the faults of the norm, and distance themselves from making habitual design decisions.

Built on the foundations of Victorian Nonsense, Alfred Jarry’s ‘Pataphysics, and Absurdist Theatre, Absurdity expands the limits of human reason by presenting a paradoxical solution. By allowing solutions which would normally have been ruled out due to irrationality, absurdity provides non-linear alternatives which interrogate contemporary logic. Thus, absurdity is a rhetorical device aimed at questioning (architectural) conventions. Architectural absurdity playfully transgresses within the rules of building formation to create valid alternative assemblages while scrutinizing regulation. The resultant architecture redefines the rituals of program and questions the notion of typology. Unbound by strict conformity to logic, the liberated architect breathes new life into architecture.”

WORKS
Little Temple 1
Little Temple 1

Gouache and graphite on paper. 27.5” x 23”. 2015

Little Temple 2
Little Temple 2

Gouache and graphite on paper. 27.5” x 23”. 2015

Rowhouse
Rowhouse

Screen print on paper. 84” x 60”. 2015

Janus
Janus

coloured pencil & graphite on paper, 44x30, 2014

Minotaur
Minotaur

coloured pencil & graphite on paper, 28x22, 2013

Haunt(of limbs)
Haunt(of limbs)

coloured pencil & graphite on paper, 28x22, 2013

Dim House (1)
Dim House (1)

coloured pencil & graphite on paper, 28x22, 2013

Dim House (2)
Dim House (2)

coloured pencil & graphite on paper, 28x22, 2013

Pomegranate
Pomegranate

coloured pencil & graphite on paper, 28x22, 2013

Jackalope
Jackalope

coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 50x38, 2012

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A Space in Time
A Space in Time

Installation at One and One

A Space in Time
A Space in Time

Installation at One and One

Gamma
Gamma

silkscreen on paper, 24x19, 2012

Beta
Beta

silkscreen on paper, 24x19, 2012

Alpha
Alpha

silkscreen on paper, 24x19, 2012

Cathedral
Cathedral

Coloured Pencil and Graphite on Paper, 72” x 42”. 2012

Right This Way
Right This Way

gouache and graphite on board, 60x48, 2011

Let it it Be
Let it it Be

Installation 2012

Let it it Be
Let it it Be

installation, 2012

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EXHIBITION LIST
Tom Ngo, Work and Home, gouache and graphite on paper, 
23” x 29”. 2010
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