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    Kristy Balliet Lectures

    Dustin Page
    Feb 22, '15 10:44 PM EST

    This past Wednesday, the Knowlton School’s own Kristy Balliet offered a glimpse into the progression of her work over the past few years to a packed audience. This lecture, titled “The Architectural Mingle,” was presented in two acts, first focusing on volume, then on parts. The scene which was first encountered within the hall was a seductive image of a form peeking out of the top of building, suggestive of volume and form, ambiguous on scale and material. This figure, slightly emitting a magenta glow, anticipated themes that would be shown through the course of the lecture.

    The interest is shown through the trajectory of the classical conception of volume into the contemporary. Slightly anamorphic figures are carved, sliced, and punctured to create what Kristy terms the “contemporary enfilade.” Similar to Wren’s dome on St. Paul’s Cathedral, the interior volumes operate with some independence of the exterior form, yet they each depend on the other to be able to perform their functions, and further are expressed in some way on the other.

    What begins as a primary volume with ancillary arms performing other duties, transforms in her later work to become a set of relatively equal forms. This transition is defined as a switch from volume to parts. The singular becomes many volumetric parts jostling and bumping together.

    More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found at Previous lectures can be viewed at


    • accesskb

      first pic looks like a fresh, pink, you know what *wink wink*

      Feb 23, 15 7:12 pm  · 

      Isn't that a daisy.

      Feb 23, 15 8:00 pm  · 
      matty blue

      "contemporary enfilade."

      i'd love to hear if she said this with a straight face.

      Feb 24, 15 1:22 pm  · 

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