“Rhythmic Space” showcases a curated series of Woodbury students’ analytical drawings of case study buildings composed of complex vaulted-ceilings. The series of buildings portrayed here go as far back as the thirteen century, from locations as far apart as Kashan on the Persian Gulf to Stargard Szczecinski on the Baltic, and employ a wide range of spatial structures and tessellation, encompassing cellular vaulting, fan-vaulting, curved ribbing, and muqarnas, while producing figural motifs ranging from “diamonds” to “petals.” While disparate in their geographical and historical origins, Architecturally they offer the most advanced examples of spatial composition by means of geometrical and formal experimentation.
Employing vector-based techniques of representation, Rhythmic Space approaches its subject through the evolution of a precise visual syntax that connects different geometric orders through complex set of relationships. The scale transitions and measurements of the Vault’s projecting ridges, valleys and ribs are marked by the expansions and contractions of a drawing technique which works right at the juncture between abstraction and figuration.
At once notational, descriptive and pictorial, the drawings presented in this exhibition relate a manifest rhythmical play of formal issues such as curvature and planarity as well as concavity and convexity, by employing multiple-directional vector mapping. In this geometric scrutiny lies the potential for not only marking or capturing the transitory and inchoate states existing in the passage from one type of form to another, but more importantly, the emergence of a new order of topological relationships. In keeping with the fascination with the unstable boundary or threshold between structure and texture, Rhythmic Space explores the conspicuous intimacy existing between complex objects and vectorial, spatialized fields.
“Rhythmic Space: Structure and Texture in Vault design”
Wedge Gallery, Woodbury University, Burbank California
Jan 29th–Feb 19th 2013
“Rhythmic Space: Structure and Texture in Vault Design”
Critic & Curator: Maxi Spina, Assistant Professor
Drawings by: Alan Manning, Conner MacPhee, Giancarlo Cassia, Jennifer Pope, Laura Castillo, Raúl González, Richard Tsui, Sal Vargas, Steven Copeland, and Maxi Spina.
01- Church of the Assumption, Bechyne, Czech Republic, 1490. Drawing by: Maxi Spina
02- Vladislav Hall, Prague, Czech Republic, 1493-1500. Drawing by: Laura Castillo & Maxi Spina
03- Vladislav Hall, Prague, Czech Republic, 1493-1500. Drawing by: Laura Castillo
04- Franciscan Church, Salzburg, Austria, 1498. Drawing by: Maxi Spina
05- Franciscan Church, Salzburg, Austria, 1498. Drawing by: Maxi Spina
06- Vladislav Hall, Prague, Czech Republic, 1493-1500. Drawing by: Laura Castillo
07- Kaseh-Sazi Dome (Unbuilt), 1960. Drawing by: Jennifer Pope