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  • Turning Heads: The Pictorial Figure

     Turning Heads - The Pictorial Figure
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: Florencia PITA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Kyle ONAGA: The figure in architecture is neglected and feared. This thesis embraces the figure.
    The exploration seeks an alternative starting point for architecture that does not originate from abstracted forms.
    Using a literal figure as massing, the head is taken as the architectural primitive.

    The figure in its nature, has apriori associations. In its reading, the figure creates an engagement.

    The application of the figure in architecture however, has a non-literal reading of massing; where there is a disruption between form and its function.
    This thesis reimagines these dual readings to suggest a different role of the figure in architecture that does not involve meaning.
    My proposal is played out at the LACMA campus and continues with the idea of the campus in terms of the scattered buildings across a landscape.
    The heads are on a plinth, organized by a grid. The figure in plan rejects the grid and provides large open circulation paths for paintings.
    These paths ultimately lead you to the heads which house large scale sculptures.
    I am pursuing the phenomenological object through the use of a pictorial figure. The nonrepresentational figure is linguistically meaningless yet phenomenologically exceptional.
    It is not meant to have meaning. It is meant to turn heads.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    KO: Florencia Pita, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Tony Cragg, Barry X Ball.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    KO: Reading Deleuze, Krauss, Kipnis, Lavin; watching Game of Thrones, Project Runway, Real Housewives, Walking Dead; listening to Frank Ocean, Drake, Rihanna

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    KO: Florencia Pita, Elena Manferdini, Greg Lynn, Frank Gehry, Reiser+Umemoto, FAT Architecture, SANAA.

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