Friday, December 10, 2010

Ranch [presentation thumbnail]

We presented a powerpoint in class on this project, but we also had to create a simple layout for presentation purposes. I decided to highlight my main image and then add smaller thumbnail shots of other locations through the home below it.

Ranch [private: bedroom 2]

I brought in the same concept of everything connecting together in this bedroom as well. If you'll notice, the top window panes connect to the mirror above the bed...

And the mirror becomes the shelves on the side of the closet that fall down the wall and meet the carpet rug...
And the carpet rug runs the length of the room, visually meeting the shelf on the opposite wall.

Ranch [private: bedroom 1

Ranch [private: Master Bedroom]

Ranch [public: living + dining + den + foyer]

Illusion Furniture

This chair became the basis for my design. If you look closely at it and trace the lines, you'll see that it is the epitome of my parti. My parti twisted out in 3D form becomes this chair. The chair is designed by Ivo Otasevic, and was a great stumble upon for me when researching for this project. you'll see later in my renderings that the chairs are used as my dining room chairs.

Discovering "Parti"

Taking Josef Alber's painting "high up," I created a simple parti that drove the basis for my design. I was working off of the idea of his concepts of illusion, and the idea of the "powers of 10." This parti is pleasing to the eye despite the many lines that make the eye work to see the origin.

Ranch [a simple beginning]

Considering the fact that concept has always been one of my biggest struggles starting a project, Patrick gave us another option for a design process. We took a mini field trip over to the Weatherspoon Art Museum beside our studio building, and looked through a specific gallery. Patrick had us stand by a painting that we felt an especially close affinity to, that we would use for our next project. I chose "High Up" by Josef Albers. I was originally drawn to the strong, simplistic geometric shapes. What i've noticed about my design style is that it has developed into a very linear style, with clean lines and no curves. The other pieces in the gallery were abstract in nature and had many brush strokes that suggested at curves.

Josef Albers

High Up, 1948


Image size: 8 x 9 1/2 inches
(20.3 x 24.1 cm)
Paper size: 11 x 15 1/2 inches
(27.9 x 39.4 cm)
Signed and dated “Albers 48” l.r. titled and numbered l.l.
Edition of 10, 2 known proofs
(Inventory #16123)

I started researching Josef Albers as an artist after our trip, and found that he loves tricking the mind. He deals quite heavily with illusions and positive negative space. He draws a certain kind of interest that forces the viewer to think about the lines and how they are all connected. Each painting, drawing, and sketch can be created without lifting the utensil.