Atmospheric Fields: A Funeral Home and Market

Advanced Design Studio with Sam Jacob, Sean Griffiths, and Jennifer Leung

The minimum number of lines
The maximum number of things

From the brief:

The studio will have a distinct minimalist flavor and will ask: What is the MINIMUM NUMBER OF LINES you need to make an architecture? We will be undertaking a trip to London where, amongst other cultural delights, we will study the Capital’s latest cultural hot spot, Peckham.
Project Statement:

The project explores the drawing of adjacent, converging, and isolated fields, which produces an ambiguity in drawing that addresses the spatial indices of architecture. The project explores the line as a fragment, capable of defining density, atmospheric and material, minimum and maximum. Various lines wander, respecting some edges, disobeying others, simulating the configuration and dissolution of material. The use of various types of projections allows for simultaneous views, the articulation of flat objects and the collapse of perceived dimensional objects.

Together, the hatched lines and the experimentation of projection provide an architectural and spatial language that is interested in the development of textured surface, expressed through material and graphic. In a drawing, these techniques produce an implied line, a boundary between fields, that describe distinct spaces, and also resist a singular reading. The absence of a definite boundary produces a multiplicity that engages plan, section, and elevation simultaneously.

This language of drawing and material was explored through the design of a large funeral home in Peckham, South London.

Final Suite of Drawings, 38" x 50"
Project One - 100 Lines
 
The following 100 lines were made using a mono-type printing technique with dental floss.
 
Project Two - 5 Grids
 
The following five grid explorations use casting, scripted drawing, printmaking, and experimental digital and analog representational strategies to question the thick/think qualities of surface, line, and the ambition to construct a rigourous spatial concept through edges.
Latice, 22" x 30", White ink on heavy paper - Grid composed using Python and drawn by a tangent die-cutter
Latice, 22" x 30", White ink on heavy paper - Grid composed using Python and drawn by a tangent die-cutter
Front Stair, 26" x 40", Printer's ink on newsprit
Front Stair, 26" x 40", Printer's ink on newsprit
20 Minute Clouds, 38" x 50", digital print - made scanning acetate, print unaltered
20 Minute Clouds, 38" x 50", digital print - made scanning acetate, print unaltered
Storm , 20" x 26", Lithographic crayon and charcoal on newsprint
Storm , 20" x 26", Lithographic crayon and charcoal on newsprint
Final exhibition display
Plaster cast balloons
Project 3: Gridscape / Linescape
 
Combinatory process using Piranesi's Campo Marzio, Louis I. Kahn's British Art Center, and dance choreogrpahy
Test 1/6
Gridscape 1, 22" x 30", Digital print on Stonehenge
Gridscape 2, 22" x 30", Digital print on Stonehenge
Gridscape 3, 22" x 30", Digital print on Stonehenge
Gridscape 4, 22" x 30", Digital print on Stonehenge
Gridscape 5, 22" x 30", Digital print on Stonehenge
Gridscape 6, 22" x 30", Digital print on newsprint
Gridscape 7, 22" x 30", Digital print on newsprint
Linescape 2, 22" x 30", Digital print on newsprint
Linescape 3, 22" x 30", Digital print on newsprint
Project 4: A Line Drawn, A Line Constructed
Line 2, 11" x 15", Acrylic on paper
Line 3, 11" x 15", Acrylic on paper
Line 4, 11" x 15", Acrylic and spray paint on paper
Line 5, 11" x 15", Graphite, acrylic, and ink on paper
Line 6, 11" x 15", Graphite, ink, and wire on paper
Wedge,Plaster, foam, cheesecloth, acrylic, canvas, and enamel
Wedge (in action),Plaster, foam, cheesecloth, acrylic, canvas, and enamel
Nine Square Grid, 38" x 50" 
Gridscape, 22" x 30"
Gridscape, 22" x 30"
Gridscape, 22" x 30"
Gridscape, 22" x 30"
Gridscape, 22" x 30"
Linescape, 22" x 30"
Linescape, 22" x 30"
Linescape, 22" x 30"
Linescape, 22" x 30"
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