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ASSIGNMENT EIGHT

DIPTYCH GAMES
THE DOUBLE IMAGE OF ARCHITECTURAL SPACE
STATIC REALISM VS. DYNAMIC TIME/SPACE SYNTHESIS

"For the final project for ARC 181 we will refer to and engage a series of lessons explored and developed throughout the semester. These will include experimentation with various types of mark-making, line quality, light, tone and value, scale, measure, figure-ground, perspective, observation vs. analysis and the ideas explored in recent assignments that include abstraction, synthesis, hybridization and the notion of simultaneity - i.e. the ability to record and perceive more than a single view at the same time. You will make a diptych - that is - two drawings that are placed adjacent to each other that together, form a composition that can be understood as a pair or a collaboration or a mirror of each other. The drawings will describe two alternate views of an architectural space. One drawing will be a highly refined single viewpoint of depiction of a space in perspective - what we will refer to as the Static Snapshot drawing (no. 1). This drawing will attempt to convey as accurately as possible and with as much sensitivity and precision as possible, the position, depth, light, and surface articulation evident throughout the image. We will include shadow, texture and a full range of line weights in order to accurately record and transmit the most fundamentally structural to the most delicately nuanced visual information found in the scene. The second drawing will be a more dynamic synthesis of views of the architectural space from more than one point of view. The ideas explored in the Cubist studies and recent superimposition studies provide the basis for your initial understanding of constructing drawings and images that are able to record and register more than one view or image at the same time. This drawing - what we will refer to as the Space-Time Synthesis (drawing no. 2) - will be comprised of three different views of the same architectural space that are superimposed, repositioned, shifted, rotated, juxtaposed or misregistered relative to the initial single vanishing point. Simply put, you will imagine three different ‘camera positions’ that will suggest three different views and you will combine these into a single dynamic drawing that, like the Cubist paintings, allows us to understand the architectural space from more than one position - as if either we were moving, shifting the camera, or the space was shifting position. We can refer to this as the Three Camera Points approach."

Completed: Fall 2020

Professor: Valerie Herrera

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