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Aleksandra Kasuba, a Lithuanian-born artist, came to America in 1947. Since 1963, she lived and worked in New York City designing walls for public buildings in marble, brick and granite, among them a 4,000 sq.ft. wall at the World Trade Center (destroyed in 9/11/2001), as well as other major installations, two in NYC, a plaza in Washington DC, Chicago IL, Richmond VA and Rochester NY, among others.

In parallel, Aleksandra was also building innovative environments of tensile fabrics. Among them were structures in Woodstock at Whiz Bang Quick City #2 in 1972, a 20th Century Environment at the Carborundum Museum of Ceramics in Niagara Falls in 1973, and a 30,000 sq.ft. environment for the International Furniture Exhibit in Paris commissioned by the US Air Force in 1980. She took part in the Art-in-Science program of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia in 1977 and 1989.

In 1983 she was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Aleksandra’s work has been featured in numerous publications.

In 2001, Aleksandra moved to New Mexico to build shell dwellings based on the tensile fabric principles she had been investigating. She continues to explore alternative habitats and has built a series of study models expanding the use of the shape-giving forces inherent to tensile membranes.

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KASUBAWORKS by Aleksandra Kasuba
Idell Estancia, NM
Aleksandra Kasuba, Lithuanian-born artist, came to America in 1947. Since 1963, she lived and worked in New York City designing walls for public buildings in marble, brick and granite, among them a 4,000 sq.ft. wall at the World Trade Center (destroyed in 9/11/2001) as well as other major installations, two in NYC, a plaza in Washington DC, Chicago IL, Richmond VA and Rochester NY, among others. In parallel, Aleksandra was also building innovative environments of tensile fabrics. Among them were structures in Woodstock at Whiz Bang Quick City #2 in 1972, a 20th Century Environment at the Carborundum Museum of Ceramics in Niagara Falls in 1973, and a 30,000 sq.ft. environment for the International Furniture Exhibit in Paris commissioned by the US Air Force in 1980. She took part in the Art-in-Science program of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia in 1977 and 1989. In 1983 she was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is widely published.

Publish Date  March 09, 2011

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  128 pgs Premium Paper, lustre finish

Category  Architecture

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Comments (2)

DonnyB

DonnyB says

I worked with Aleksandra in 1986 on the Jamestown Plaza. Aleksandra would fly in from NY and have a cab wait, while she made sure her design was the way she wanted it. I was 27 at the time and she was concerned about my ability as a bricklayer. I am from a long line of tradesmen, 6th generation. On her 3rd visit she sat me down and told me, after her 2nd visit she was then able to sleep again. That she new her vision of art was in capable hands. She is now being honored by having her life's works being cataloged in the Smithsonian Institute! Who knew back then that I was involved in history! I still have the original blueprints from the job. They are being sent to her today to be included in the Smithsonian. Aleksandra deserves ALL the credit for her vision. Her life is a true testimony of the American dream. I'm truly honored to be a part of her life, if only in a small way. I've told many friends and family of this one artwork brick fountain countless times. A "once in a lifetime" opportunity! These blueprints are the only ones I ever kept over the years. Of the hundred projects I've done as a bricklayer, THIS one stood out! Congratulations Aleksandra! You are one of a kind!!! Donald A. Beam Jr 4/22/13

posted at 04:29am Apr 22 PST

Idell

Idell says

I've been watching Ms. Kasuba for the last eight years, fascinated by the person and by the dwellings she has built in NM, and asked her to
design me a house! For the past ten years she has been receiving requests worldwide for information related to her work. Curvilinear surfaces in prominent buildings have driven students of architecture to Aleksandra’s websites, www.curvedsurfaces.com as well as to www.kasubaworks.com. This book "KASUBAWORKS" includes not only the data most often queried but also the body of work that prompted Aleksandra to explore the formative possibilities inherent to tensile membranes. This is an excellent book, and a great one for young students of architecture. Idell Conaway

posted at 01:41pm Apr 17 PST

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