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.


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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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. 

Cate Consandine /

My partner Cate Consandine is an installation artist who has been exploring the poetics of desire, as played out between the body and the architecture of cinema. Her work employs spatial intervention, action, and the specific placement of objects to crystalise edges that connect the accoutrement of desire to felt experience.

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