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  • Min ZHANG, “Real Fake.”

    Min ZHANG, "Real Fake." Section.
    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
    critic: James Michael TATE.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Min ZHANG: This is a representation project that only can be achieved through digital illustration tools. The project studied how the representation techniques help flicker between different objects—fake and real, 2-D and 3-D.

    This interest began from Roy Lichtenstein and the way he drew everyday objects, using 2-D techniques such as line weight and dot patterns to create 3-D perspectives. (Similar to Damien Hirst’s Mickey Mouse, simple geometry is used to present iconic characters.)

    The studio in which this project was completed is committed to both architecture’s role within visual culture and working toward offering architectural definition to the term Pop Patriotism. The banana, a popular pop art object and recognizable as a common fruit, is used in the project. The illustration through form and coloration makes the projectflicker between fruit (banana) and classical building forms (domes & columns). The hand and illustrator windows varyingly break readings of 2– and 3-D, creating a confusion between fake and real, models and drawings.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MZ: Roy Lichtenstein, Yang Qiu, and Damien Hirst.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    MZ: I looked at a lot of Pop art projects, at illustrations of classical architecture, and at contemporary architecture. And I referenced works from Claes Oldenberg, Andy Warhol, Andrew Zago, René Magritte, and Tom Haugomat. Readings includes Dave Hickey’s “American Coolnes” and John Hejduk’s “Architectures in Love.”

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MZ: Andrew Zago; Jimenez Lai; Frank Gehry; Nendo; Aires Mateus; and Johnston Marklee.

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