suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
lucky MCMAHON : This project is a self perpetuating system of voluptuous ornamental aggregation at all scalar levels, which creates a new species of spatial organization and a new genus of aesthetics. This system generates primitive cells that are multiplying producers and act as a mechanism to develop formal and aesthetic logic.
critic: jean JAMINET
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Primitive/species/type:The individual primitive is formed from the mausoleum typology but through generic operations of replication becomes a new species which responds to spatial and programmatic parameters. The genetic qualities extracted from the mausoleum type are the centralized plan, poche to accommodated loculi and niches, intimate scale, and ornamentation.
System/genus/form:The overall system meets the ground with horizontal forms, whose structure attaches to the site and adjoining buildings and then gradually pinnacles vertically. There is a singular core from which the primary structure climbs, with the primitives’ individual exoskeleton branching from the larger superstructure. The section is organized around three voids which anchor the form as it becomes more differentiated. In plan, the aggregate of primitives conglomerates around open voids.
“Monstrosity, the recombinant offspring of the beautiful and the ugly, is a moment of exquisite expertise, a beautiful meme twisted into an entire new genus of aesthetic speculation.” – Mark Gage
sP: what or who influenced this project?
lM: Contemporary notions of aesthetics, sublimity, monstrosity, borromini
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
lM: GregLynn/form, Sylvia Lavin/crib sheets, radiohead, st vincent, grizzly bear
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
lM: 1stAveMachine, Gage/Clemenceau, Gabriel Esquivel, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Florencia Pita, Zaha Hadid