Sunday, January 30, 2011

On Line / Ralph Lemon @ Moma: Performance 14

"If a line is the trace of a point in motion, a human figure moving through space is drawing in air. This program of performances, organized in conjunction with the exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century and MoMA's ongoing Performance Exhibition Series, moves drawing into three dimensions."

These photos are from performance 14 in this series and presents the choreography of New York-based artist Ralph Lemon (American, born 1952).

"It was hard for me to relate to this at first. In fact at first I didn't like it.  The performers were at opposite ends of the stage, the woman crying, the man seemingly self involved in his own movements within a small square of space.  She was crying and sinking to the ground, he was waving his arms around his body.  Then slowly, imperceptibly, they both began to orbit around each other.  I almost couldn't tell - they still hadn't acknowledged each others' presence.  But they were moving.  At times stopping, movement only in the arms around the body.  The woman was no longer crying.  Then finally without warning they collided into each other.  The collision was most interesting to me.  Was it because it was simply more dynamic, fast paced and exhilarating to see the performers falling onto each other, tripping each other, and leaping headfirst across the stage?  Or was it because it made me uncomfortable?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snarkitecture: Box/Box

Just another reason why I looooove Brooklyn based architecture design studio, Snarkitecture, is this tiny 90 sq. ft. apartment, home to Daniel Arsham (a partner in the company) which is covered with 25,000 ping pong balls.  Read more about it here

I love the texture...

Photos via Snarkitcture

Snarkitecture is a collaboration between an artist and architect, and their work is an interdisciplinary mixture of art, design, architecture, performance, lighting, and installation.  You can read my previous posts about Snarkitecture here.

Lykke Li - Untitled

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Julie Meckler!

My dear friend Julie Meckler has been named as one of 15 artists to watch in 2011. And now she needs help... Check it out.

Find more artists like Julie Meckler at Myspace Music

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Lighting Inspiration

In researching different lighting options for a project I'm currently working on, I came across some light art and installations that I like:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Communal Dining

I FINALLY made it to the halfway mark of architecture school.  Here's the final results of a semester of work on the Harlem River Urban Agrarian Center. (click on the link for all the background information)

Each of us designed a different aspect of the center. My classmate and I collaborated on a community kitchen and dining space.  She designed the kitchen as well as a culinary development center and I designed the orb shaped dining space on the water.  The roof, made of wood, is also shaped like a bowl to collect rainwater.  The space is meant to be used by the community for picnics, dining, parties, and other community activities related to the urban farm in which it is situated.

The facade is inspired by the very first people to inhabit this land - the Native American tribes of the northeast - where they would often build different structures for different seasons.  As seen in the photos above, in the winter they would be completely enclosed with a skin and the summer structures would have the skin either peeled back partially or completely removed.

The window panels of this communal dining space remain sealed shut in the winter, but in the summer they pivot open up to the summer breeze.

And here are some photos of the model:

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