anon asked: top 10 people living during the italian renaissance
laura’s favourite (in no order): rodrigo borgia (pope alexander vi), felice della rovere (daughter to julius ii, duchess of bracciano), aldo manuzio (printer and publisher), lucrezia borgia (daughter to alexander vi, duchess of ferrara), luigi d’aragona (cardinal), imperia cognati (courtesan), alessandro farnese (pope paul iii), isabella d’este (marchioness of mantua), leonardo da vinci (painter, polymath), isabella d’aragona (princess of naples, duchess of milan and bari)
I am interested in how we as humans understand and interact with monumental structures and spatial domains. I understand ‘architecture’ to refer to more than just the design and decoration of buildings, but also to human thoughts or actions that make order and meaning out of random space. My work, in part, attempts to excavate and expose these embedded meanings.
In Imperia, I sought to create a kind of typological architectural survey. Each piece is a densely layered and abstracted composition that depicts an iconic architectural form. The structures themselves are not intended to represent any specific existing structure but rather to portray an abstracted composite of different built forms throughout history. The work is created using a unique process, compiling hundreds of architectural blueprints and my own drawings or photographs and subsequently constructing them on a digital platform. I use the otherwise systematic, orderly language of architecture— blueprints—to create something chaotic and violent, subverting the process of ‘architectural’ creation.
Frank Herfort’s photographs are personal invitations to explore self-contained worlds that startle with rich detail and vibrant color. Based in both Berlin and Moscow, Frank has made exploring the contrasts and contradictions of life in contemporary Russia a central focus of his artistic work. Whether situated in the austere, crumbling remains of Soviet society or the opulent homes of modern Russian oligarchs, the spellbinding results demonstrate a singular talent for documentary storytelling. These immersive environments intrigue with people and riveting places seemingly caught out of both time and context. Frank’s keen eye for stunning settings has been employed by numerous advertisers and he is represented in galleries throughout the world.