Bramante Plans

I really liked the patterns formed by the Bramante architectural plans. I also liked the idea of these being hand made and hand drawn. I recreated some with the printed papers I made.

i really liked the contrast of the printed papers, connected to a real place, texture and evoking dirt and wear. Alongside the pretty and detached, even idealized architectural drawing.

Printed Papers

I made a number of clay moulds from textures on the walk and then from these latex casts.

I really like using the actual textures – If i want to use them in the future i’d like to work out a method to give them flat backs and handles meaning the printing process can be more even. As it is I made a series of printed papers from the stamps using the colours from my previous painting.

The Peabody Estate

I took this photo of the Peabody Estate on Stamford Street – I liked the idea of the estate as a ‘gridded’ living space, the Peabody Trust estates are especially interesting as a number of estates in south London designed in the early 1930s as a modern and community minded living solution. Inspired by the Lewis Baltz exhibit i overlaid a grid on the photo and took details from that grid to paint.

I really enjoy the details making up an impression, but not a straight depiction, of the whole. Although I feel that the acrylic paint is a bit limited in it’s texture i did really appreciate how this exercise helped me sort out my colour palette for the ongoing project.

Bramante

After finding so much interesting architecture on the walk I began to think about architectural plans – I was really drawn to these plans by Bramante. They use a square as a core principle as a perfect and balanced shape. the coloumn shapes make such interesting shapes – clearly squares but decorative and a little elusive.
This reminded me – along with Bramante’s principle of the ‘perfect’ building – of the diference between the reular and ideal square or grid and the reality of life and wear and decay.
I took latex casts of the clay moulds I had made and with these could make stamps and textured papers. I liked the idea of re creating these ‘ideal’ architectural drawings by hand and in textures taken from real places.

Tate Modern – Lewis Baltz

While at Tate Modern I really enjoyed the photographs and display of Lewis Baltz’s work – photographs taken from industrial or city settings which display small details. The photos often appear quite geometrical and flat yet this makes the small inconsistencies of texture, light and shade the more striking – maybe humanizing. The display was also very striking – a large wall with the photod displyed as a regular grid. Highlighting the discrepancy between the regualr format of the photograph and the individual details of each picture.
The disply seemed to form a personal ‘point – of – view’  – an image of an entire scene taken from small details. In this context the square and the grid seem to help us make sense or bring order to disorderly views of the world.

Photo Textures 3 – Wear / Decay

The photographs were really useful in terms of getting a feel for the textures and colours of a pace – after my research with prints and shadows I was really interested is industrially produced textures, like concrete, bricks and paving. Which was intended to be even, regular and often squared off but has become worn and irregular – showing up marks of use and age.

Walk around SE1

From our walk around SE1 I made a series of photographs of squares or square-like shapes in arichitecture and constructed surroundings.

I took a collection of photographs of grids i came acroos as well as different textures.
As well as photographs I took chalk and charcoal rubbings of textures and casts in clay – from which I plan to make stamps or printing textures.
these casts were taken in clay. I then want to re-cast them in latex in order to make stamps to pattern paper.