The work of McElheny establishes an indirect and subtle relationship with architecture. Not framing architecture then, but rather "reflecting" on its conceptual approaches.
Here an excellent series of interviews and material: Loos, Noguchi and Fuller....
“Adolf Loos’ Ornament and Crime“, 2002
Blown glass, wood, glass, and electric lighting, case dimensions: 49 x 60 x 10 1/2 inches. Collection of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Photo by Tom Van Eynde . Courtesy Donald Young Gallery, Chicago. With Art21 Copyright Notice.
“Modernity circa 1952, Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely”, detail. 2004
Mirrored blown glass, chrome metal, glass, mirror, electric lighting, 30 1/2 x 56 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
Collection Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Tom Van Eynde. Courtesy Donald Young Gallery, Chicago.