Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Drawings without paper

It's been a while since I've written here, so I'll add a few new things to show was was reviewed in my crit today. Today was a combination of the entire semesters work up until this point to see how I have progressed into the action of exhumation. Beginning with the book carving, I explain my thoughts behind the carving and opened up to group discussion to compare and contrast other carvings in my studio. My carving was a display of modern architecture from a certain point in time that is in the center of the text book I was given which was right around the industrial revolution. On the left, you can see back into time and as the skyline gets deeper, you dive deeper into time and reveal older buildings. On the right, you look forward into time and see the buildings closer to our current time period.

From the book carvings we moved into the drawdel. My drawdel was a look at the transition of spaces moving along and through the chapel at Igualada. The sections are not set at a certain dimension from each other but look more at the special occurrences in the building. I was interested in seeing what happens as a person enters the building and moves through the space, and what causes certain wow factors. I used anything that popped out at me when viewing the site through our series of photographs and videos such as openings, changes in surrounding, overhead voids, views, etc. Shown in the first are the special occurrences that happen and the second shows the views present at all of these points. In both drawdels, the pieces extend off the page. In the firsts it is to emphasize that this building is embedded into the ground and seems like part of the landscape. It appears to continue infinantly. In the second, the string extends off the page to signify that the views begin and end outside of the chapel and are not restricted to staying inside the building. 

Now onto drawings without paper. The point here was to show the same drawing in a different medium and reveal certain aspects that might not have been visible in the original drawdels. I chose to use a plaster casting rather than a wax because I liked how the plaster looked much more natural and has the same characteristics of concrete. It reminded me a lot of Igualada itself soley because of the medium. The wood was added into the plaster to help emphasize the roof conditions at certain areas and help show how the roof seems to be embedded into the ground. The board form like mold supports the idea that the concept was taken off of individual sections and not the entire chapel as a whole. In the wire drawing, you can see the same sections being shown at an axonometric view oriented in a vertical fashion. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Drawdel (correct spelling)

Update on my drawdel: Done.

The second drawing is looking at the views that happen along the same section cuts that the drawdel uses.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Drodle (Drawing Model)

 The transition of entering into the Igualada cemetary.

Connection of the major points on the site

 sketching ideas for transition

sketch of the transition of views

1 hour or less

Given a very confusing poem, this is what I interpreted it to be. I looked at the use of white space and bold faced words to find significance.

One Page of Modern Architecture

The book is finally done. From the center of the book you can see both forward and back in time when opened to the right page.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Skyline Inside a Book

Idea number two for the book carving exercise is to make a skyline in the cover of the book that went all the way through to create a void in the book when opened. Unfortunately that didn't work out but it quickly led to a better idea which was to use the pictures of the book to create a skyline inside of it. Without cutting and pasting all of these images were folded down and positioned to create a balanced skyline of all different scales.

Book Carving

Our first project this semester is exploring exhumation through carving an old textbook. I have been given an old Modern Architecture book and I have to interpret the book in some way through carving the pages, cover, spine, edges, etc. WHAT? How am I supposed to do that? A) there are so many different ways you can carve a book and B) how am I supposed to interpret all of modern architecture in a single art piece.

Well I can start by thinking of what modern architecture means to me and define it as transforming something into another object that looks nothing like the original form / function / form. So why not go to town on the bandsaw in the wood shop and start cutting up the book to look like a cluster of pages and cover? Because that's too spuratic of course. Modern architecture is more refined and clean lines in my eyes. So taking the book to the wood shop I came up with this...

It's an abstract interpretation of a skyline. With the cover rising above the smaller forms, the slits act as the varying heights of sky scrapers. The curled pages underneath represent the smaller buildings you would find in the city only if you were up close and walking around them.