Saturday, October 31, 2009

Destruction + Fold

In this project I was attempting to combine aspects of destruction with the concept of the fold. My model was inspired by an origami folded star given to me by a friend, which was accidentally crushed when some architecture books fell on it.

The balsa wood triangles mimic the triangular shapes of the origami star. The front of each triangle is broken, with fragments attached to the inside and back of the model as though a bullet had passed through the middle. The bullet represents destruction and was extrapolated from my poster.

The poster is based on a Sin-City/comic type theme, featuring a business man in a hat committing suicide. The paper around the top of his hat is cut and folded back, relating back to the idea of the fold. The jagged edges and hole in the paper are as though the paper itself has been subject to a destructive force.

On the other side of the paper, the folds of the paper can be seen, as well as scraps of balsa wood, newspaper, and black and red splatters of paint. This is the end product of destruction, and the fragments of something that used to be whole.

City Site

The site I chose for this project was the shallow pool and bridge above Cook and Philip Pool in the city. I was attempting to show the horizontality of the area, the clean cut lines and rectangular shapes, and the length of the bridge.

One thing that struck me while I was at the site, was how the site seemed visually very calm, almost zen-like. However the site itself was situated on a busy street corner, with cars and trucks only several metres away, and the noise from the traffic seemed to overwhelm the tranquil visual qualities of the pool. To show this noise and confusion, I used colourful scraps of newspaper and chaotic ribbons of plastic to surround the bridge to contrast with the neat edges and shapes of the cardboard and foam core.

The playdough was used to show the texture of the bridge and the many planks of wood that ran its width.

Word association sketches

Above: Dream. Here I was trying to capture the surreal aspects of dreaming, and the formation of images and objects in dreams.

Above: Desire. This was a comical take on the word desire, where Mario from Super Mario Brothers is desiring to reach an upper level.

Above: Confinement. Here I was trying to use the large white space to contrast with the small black box that the figure is trapped in. I feel the use of white space emphasises the feeling of confinement.

Above: Memory. This Dali-esque sketch shows how a persons face can be made up of memories, how you can associate a memory or event with the image of a person.