Simplicity of Line

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With concept reduced to linear simplicity, attention is captured. A night photo of Jetelovà’s ‘Iceland Project’ lifts a fiber optic line into a simplified 3-dimensional description of rugged terrain. Fontana’s ‘Concetto Spaziale’ focuses attention on the disturbance of lines slashed into the pristine flat surface of a primed canvas. Büttner’s large scale incised line woodcut captures the structure of a marquee using only the most critical lines.


Magdalena Jetelovà, ’Iceland Project‘, fiber optics line defines terrain, 1992
Photo via socks-studio 


Lucio Fontana, ‘Concetto Spaziale’, primed canvas with slashed cuts, 1965
Photo via sotheby’s


Andrea Büttner, ‘Tent, (marquee)’, incised woodcut on paper, diptych measures approx. 2 x 2.5 meters, 2012  
Photo via davidkordanskygallery


Rain 1

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Shotei Takahashi, ‘Rain on Izumibashi Bridge‘, Japanese woodblock print, circa 1925
Photo via vicsmuse

A print small in size (6.75″ x 15″) but extraordinarily powerful in representation – as two figures crouch under umbrellas poised to take the brunt of heavy rainfall. The print exhibits the mastery of skill and sensitivity typical of Takahashi’s woodblock prints.


Ki Chul Kim, ‘Sound Looking – Rain’, sound gear, rain drop sounds, eight channel speaker

California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, 2007

Ki Chul Kim works “with sound, against more traditional, visual forms of art. To Kim, sound itself is the subject . . . ‘Sound Looking – Rain’ . . . investigates the nature of perception and representation in relation to the Buddhist concept of emptiness“.


Natural Forces

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Many of today’s architects and engineers are dedicated to innovation minimizing the destructive power of natural forces associated with typhoon-level winds, earthquakes and tsunamis. Contemporary solutions present an undeniable beauty reflecting the dynamics underlying potentially devastating forces.


Gensler, ‘Shanghai Tower‘, Shanghai, China, world’s 2nd tallest building (632 meters), 2016   
Photos via archdaily

The Gensler team anticipated tapered asymmetry and rounded corners to withstand typhoon-force winds common in Shanghai. Using wind tunnel tests . . . [the team] refined the tower’s form, which reduced building wind loads by 24 percent”


OFIS Architects ‘All Seasons Tent Tower’ anti-earthquake design concept for Mercedes Benz Hotel, Yerevan, Armenia, 2010
Photo via inhabitat

“The structure resists quake shaking using a system of concrete cores and composite columns that supposedly ensure structural stability.” The embracing metal mesh tent presents a unique aesthetic in its mimicry of climate and earthquake-prone landscape.


CRAB Studio, ‘tsunami resistance‘ for disaster prevention competition, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
Photo via evolo

CRAB Studio developed a concept employing dynamic blade-like structures designed to cut up and disperse a massive tsunami’s destructive power. The result is an unusually expressive design with its lyrical formations engulfing the area.


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