For Zarouhie Abdalian’s art
assignment, I decided to share two related photos I had previously taken before
the video had been posted about the metaphysical boundary between nature and
manmade. It’s a topic that is a maybe more conceptual than was intended but I have a bit of a morbid fascination with and love
exploring through a lens.
The first photo I took two days ago out the window of an
abandoned hotel. In 2004, a hurricane destroyed the building and it was shut
down. An initial boundary was broken when nature and human development began to
diffuse. Now, you can see a crumbling window frame looking out to ocean as a
plant begins to grow through the decaying cracks of terminal manmade structures.
My second photo is of a
cage-like fence at a forgotten distillery. The boundary of the fence existed
first. As time ate away, a tree grew and gnarled around the links, passing
through the boundary of the fence in a twisted dragon-like figure. As the
organic boundaries eat away at the inorganic boundaries I think a certain beauty
can be found.
In the summer of 1978, we
exhibited “The Travel Sketches of Louis L. Kahn” featuring ninety one drawings by
one of the most influential architects of the past century. These drawings,
ranging Kahn’s career through the 1950s, provided a unique view on the
architectural works in Europe, Greece and Egypt that influenced him the most.
The Grand Tour, a
traditional pilgrimage that originated in the 18th Century, served
as an obligatory itinerary for classical education on monuments and ruins in
Europe and the Middle East. For Kahn, however, it served as an outlet to satisfy
a deep search for meaning, which is evident in the works exhibited. The
drawings on display explored the intersection between manmade and natural
structures. Kahn’s work represents an odyssey of discovery and learning, not
only of the ways in which form, light and color work together in architecture,
but also on his treatment of drawing as an art form. From his meticulously
detailed pencil drawings of buildings in London to his rich watercolor paintings
of Italian structures and his bold pastel drawings in Athens, Kahn’s journey allowed
him to expand his work as an artist in constant development. Born in what is
now Estonia, Louis Kahn achieved great recognition for a style of architecture that
combined Modernism with the timeless forms of ancient monuments.