Jan 27, 2013

INSTINCT TO METHOD


INSTINCT TO METHOD
Here’s how it happens:
Somewhere there’s an instinct.
The culture says, “no”.
The architect insists,
resists,
begins to explore,
evolves;
becomes pragmatic;
becomes experienced;
becomes system,
becomes, method;
becomes teachable;
becomes learned;
becomes culture.
A practiced pattern of practice replaces the original instinct.
What didn’t exist,
Fumbles,
Tumbles,
Stumbles
Doesn’t crumble –
Stands, provisionally,
Unsteady to steady,
Unbalanced to balanced,
And comes to rest as a new pro forma.
Now the culture says, “yes”.
Too late.
FROM I DON’T KNOW TO NOW I KNOW….
When I don’t know becomes now I know,
Architecture’s finished.
When last year’s words become next year’s words,
Architecture’s done.
Style arrives.

Jan 6, 2013


Portraiture in Blueprint? Min Jeong Ahn Diagrams Emotionality

When we think of a fine art portrait, we think of a painting—perhaps something from Monet, Van Gogh, Van Dyck, or Renoir, or fast forward to Chuck Close, David Hockney, Lucian Freud. Masterful placement of the brush, a remarkable understanding of light, an unfettered relationship with the canvas. But what if this art were viewed through a different lens, one more analytical, one that could break the colors and shapes and emotions into symbols and lines and dots? Min Jeong Ahn has done just this. In her “blueprints,” she has created severely complex and yet equally compelling pieces that tell rich stories, though without a single drop of paint. Her blueprint portraits are highly detailed—her own self-portrait breaks down every component of her body, from the more clinical physiological labels (including the “corn on a toe” and her “ugly toenails inherited”) to the more ethereal “radius of aura” surrounding her head.
All the elements such as dots, lines and signs written on it were neither merely decorative nor auxiliary, but each of them carried important information. I think the impression of the blueprint was quite deep.”