Sharif Abraham

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.

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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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Gary Hill /

Video installation at MOMA where the camera is positioned on parts of the artist's naked body and then displayed on 16 monitors of different sizes. Each monitor is stripped of it's casing (making it also naked). On one monitor Hill's ear and foot lie side by side. I feel  an affinity with this way of deconstructing and reconfiguring. In the Flinders House and the Clifton Hill House I use a single tree, slice its parts to make the veneer and then unwrapped in its entirety to represent the whole again.

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wHY Architecture dentist's house /

I came across this house by the Japenese firm "wHY Architecture". I was intrigued by their design statement which reads as follows:  "The house design gives emphasis and space to the glass-sided living room, surrounded by open gardens. The father who works as a dentist from 9AM to 9PM everyday wants to have a place in his own house that at the end of the day he could withdraw even from his family, his wife and two young daughters, to pursue the subjects of his personal interest - music, films and books. This open glass room (enclosed image), connecting to the house only through an underground corridor, is the sanctuary where he can be himself. The family has meals and activities together in the family living and dining room but each one of them could withdraw into their own world in their own room / garden."  More images

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Lost House & Lorna Simpson Studio /

The British architect David Adjaye talks about a number of projects including the "loss House" (8 min 45 sec in) he designed for two fashion designers in London and a studio in Brooklyn (30 min 50 sec in) for the artists Lorna Simpson and James Casebere. His confidence and directness in exploring the notion of the private realm as "retreat" are quite extraordinary. What I love most about his work is that it is not driven by a preoccupation with systems and functional outcomes. He creates a sort of "emotive architecture" which touches the raw perimeter of existence.