Friday, April 8, 2011

Vessel Studies

light vessel detail

light vessel

light vessel gestural drawing

section through light vessel

water vessel

screen shot of water vessel demonstration

water vessel plan illustrating the flow of water

multiview water vessel drawings (plan and section) illustrating the flow of water
Light is a phenomena that is both infinite and ephemeral. I wanted to create something cosmic and sublime. I created a light vessel that allows one person to physically hold light. I then created a water vessel in the manner I created the light orb. However, this vessel is not meant to hold water. Rather, this vessel breaks the rules of what it means to be a vessel. The water poured into it drains through small holes at the bottom only allowing water to pool for a short amount of time before emptying out. 

Wallpaper Pattern

A wallpaper pattern designed specifically for the lobby of Parsons The New School for Design at 2 West 13th Street inspired by the narcissus flower study and my examination of the gerbera daisy's layers. I appropriated Caravaggio'a "Narcissus" painting, cropped it at the point in which the figure's hands meet the water, and mirrored the image. Multiplying this created the illusion of a flower. Wanting to exaggerate this trompe l'oeil, I found the silhouette of the narcissus flower within Caravaggio's painting and darkened it. Like pixels to a digital image, this rendered the pattern in a way that changes and becomes a series of multiple patterns as one approaches the lobby from 5th Avenue and 13th street.

Measured Flowers

experiential sketch of the gerbera daisy death
experiential drawings of gerbera daisy

Gerbera Daisy measured drawings

Narcissus measured drawings
Studies of a Gerbera Daisy and Narcissus flower. 

Hinge Studies

Above are examples of carved space created by a hinge movement. Better explored through axonometric projections, these represent a method of program finding through infinite space.

Plato's Cave

 2 PM Lighted Section on September 21st

We are, according to Plato, chained in a cave with limited vision and a disillusioned notion of reality. In his Allegory of the Cave, Plato explores this concept and imagines what it means to be in the dark and what it means to experience the light. It is believed that we must leave the cave and enter the light to become knowledgeable, that wisdom is found by venturing out into a new place. However, this knowledge - whatever is illuminated by the light - must be brought back into the darkness and taught to those still chained.
This project centered around creating a library space with a secondary museum program displaying three found artifacts (Mastodon bones, a primitive hut, and the remains of a human skeleton). Using Plato's Cave as a platform for program, specifically the notion that knowledge must be spread in the darkness, I created a building completely underground. Visitors to the library must descend into the Earth to find books and acquire knowledge. As the program descends farther into the Earth, the more personal the experience becomes. It is then, after studying that one exits through the gallery spaces by ascending towards ground level and into the light.

Eisenman Studies

Using Peter Eisenman's theory of creating space and finding form out of a cube, I took a given  rectangular site and explored various motions of dividing space. These studies above are a stream of thought. Each study spurs from the one above it increasing in the forms complexity.