Sharif Abraham

Lee Ufan, Stones Cushions and light /

Japanese (and European) based, Korean minimalist artist Lee Ufan talks about the Mono-ha movement of the late 60s.."We used manufactured materials, such as glass, sheet metal or electricity, combined with natural materials, such as dirt, rocks and water. I use the Japanese word chutohampa to describe it, which means unresolved, incomplete or not polished. So you’re neither here nor there; it’s the meeting of the two – oneself and one’s interaction with these materials, both industrial and natural."Relatum,1970, (pictured) combining stones, cushions and lights, installation view at the Pinar Gallery, Tokyo. 

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Steven Holl, Sliced Prosperity Block /

'Sliced Porosity Block' In chengdu China with its sun sliced geometry resulting from minimum daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribed by code. A great urban terrace on the scale of Rockefeller Center with a multi-level plaza in the center of the complex, sculpted by stone steps, ramps, trees, and ponds and caters to special events or to a casual afternoon in the sun. The three generous ponds on the plaza are inspired by a poem by Du Fu (713-770), in which he describes how 'Time has left stranded in Three Valleys'. (Du Fu was one of ancient China's most important poets, who spent a part of his life in Chengdu). Construction shots at Steven Holl's website. 

Steven Holl

Olfur Eliasson façade for Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall /

An Interview With Olafur Eliasson, On Crossing Between Art And Architecture: "The thing is, I think that our relationship with natural light is cultural, one could make the mistake, as many modern architects have done, to think of natural light as something of essentialistic or universal qualities. Of course, I think natural lights are full of incredible qualities, but you have to be careful of making rules on behalf of others with regards of how to make relevance of natural light. I think this was one of the great modern mistakes. So what I’m interested in when using artificial light in my work is the potential of singularity in the experience, and based on that, I do think that one can, it’s a lot of ideas about collectivity as well, but I do think that our relationship to natural light is artificial, it is cultural, it is not something we are born with. This is why people in Iceland have a different relationship to light than people in Sicily...." more 

Olfur Eliasson

Gregor Schneider, 21 Beach cells, Bondi /

Gregor Schneider's 2007 installation at Bondi Beach where he installs 21 beach cells, resembling enclosures at Guantanamo Bay. People occupy these cells and go about their daily activity at the beach. See the video. The connection is truly captivating. I really like the casualness of beach life and its oblivion to the rigorous, interventionist construct. 

Gregor Schneider Cells Bondi Beach

Maria Silvia Giulietti Cemak /

A swiss architecture student who saw my work, emailed me to ask whether I would consider her for an internship in my studiio. She sent me some two images of a workshop project she did with(?)/ for the the architect J.M Torres Nadal. I'v never heard of this Spanish architect before. It was hard to find images of built work on line. If anyone can help please shoot me an email.

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Gary Numan, Cars /

The music video by Gary Numan is another J.G Ballard inspired work from the Novel "Crash". I think the automobile provided an almost futuristic reprieve from grey, grainy and exhausted mid-to-late 70s England. What's particularly interesting is the use of light to suggest the (fragile) enclosure of the car. 

Gary Numan Cars

Clifton Hill House, Facebook /

Facebook page setup by the magazine Architizer for the Clifton Hill House. Interesting to see the comments from over the world. Have a look and leave a comment 


J.G Ballard - Crash /

An Interview with the writer J.G Ballard. Part 1 at 5:10 into the video there is a discussion of his book "crash" based on sexual desire and car crashes. An insight into the relationship between modern technology and human psychopathology. part 2  and Part 3 also worth watching. Don't miss his comments about "inner space" (of the mind) about 6 min in Part 3. Image credit: Florian Maier-Aichen, Freeway Crash (2002)

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Andreas Gursky, 99 cents /

Instead of using the camera to establish parallel lines Gursky  emphasizes parallel lines as a compositional element (digitally). What interests me is the way he use the medium of photography in essentially the same manner as the rationalization process of assembly line work that is a condition of modern architecture and technology.


Richard Serra, One Ton Prop /

In Richard Serra's "One Ton Prop" four lead plates each 250 Kilos are propping each other up. Gravity itself is the structural principle. The existence of sculpture here relies on an unstable balance, not the illusion of balance, like what you get in a composition, but actual balance. There is a coincidence between the "representing" and the "represented" element. This idea was once a quality that was natural to Architecture. Herzog and De Mouran explored this in some of their earlier work, particularly in some of their warehouses- see Ricola warehouse in Laufan .

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