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    WANTED: artistic eye (forget architecture)

    By Christian Hemrick
    Sep 12, '06 11:30 PM EST

    That's what I heard this afternoon in studio.

    As an addendum to my earlier blog, my professor assessed the final composition of our spatial analysis, pointed out a few strengths, gave a little criticism, and abundantly assigned everyone the task to forget architecture. Our goal for the rest of the year is to learn spatial relationships/understanding/manipulation...We are to create a new way of thinking (lines, planes, surfaces, projections, implications...) while becoming confident with different model/drawing media that we will use in the up-coming years. Okay, i'm comfortable with that. I think I understand it, and I know I'm interested. What has got me concerned is the artistic eye. That is also what we will need. Or is it? I don't know...What did she mean?

    I was one of the few lucky ones who received positive feedback, and yet I can't get that art "thing" out of my head. Do I have it or not? When will I realize? How important is it? Is it innate, natural, something that you are born with? Can I develop it if I don't have it? How long will it pertain to architecture, or at least the roots of any aesthetically pleasing design?

    One thing I am pretty sure of is that the architecturally artistic eye is not "free form." There is an order. It's not finger paint, collage, graffiti, fencing, or slam dancing. But it is, i know it is. Yet how do I differentiate? What's good, what's bad. What do I include? What do I reference, analyze, focus on???????


    • Arjun Bhat

      welcome to life as an architecture student :)

      Sep 13, 06 12:12 am  · 

      a tip for you, buy Wolfflin's Principles Of Art History...

      Sep 13, 06 7:17 am  · 
      Christian Hemrick

      i'll do that-thanks-

      Sep 13, 06 11:16 am  · 
      drums please, Fab?

      make it look good.

      that's all you need to know ~

      with your artistic eye you should be able to look at something and instantly have an opinion. if asked, 'do you like this?' you should be able to reply 'yes' or 'no' and then say what's good or bad about it.

      never answer 'yes and no'. i mean, what's the point of that? everything has good and bad points, but you need to be able to look at something critically and say if it is good or bad.

      and don't be fooled with your own hard work. always be critical and honest with yourself so you don't go too far with something that has no chance of being good.

      Sep 13, 06 3:35 pm  · 
      Christian Hemrick

      excellent-makes sense. i do have opinions, so that's a start. grabbin' the bull with conviction is just a matter of that-just grab'em. the critical assessment will have to develop. more exposure, more renderings, more life...cheers.

      Sep 14, 06 8:27 pm  · 

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