LOCATION: MIAMI, FLORIDA
STATUS: COMPLETED 2007
Objective: To paint the building, with no more than six colors and without curved lines. The painting of the building comes after the architecture. The architecture is done. The approaches to the building: the slow approach is the parking side. More of a confrontation here, the building will be seen as wall. The south side is slow but not a standstill – one rolls to a stop. Here we look at the structure and then up N. Miami Ave. The North Miami Ave. approach is a fast one, the quickest and the least confrontational. The building skin. (Hard Skin) – low cost, concrete block covered in stucco. All masonry. The (Soft skin) – its landscaping. This skin protects it from the sun at times, changes color and is always moving. Provides shade and shadow. Adds depth. Climbing fig should be used.
In conclusion it is decided to break the box into pieces. Dissolve it, more of a small city. More urban. How does one do this? Study/ trace and outline the geometries of the local buildings and urban fabric. Also try to understand the building as a periscope. Since the structure provides no views – the building becomes the view. Of the city – in reverse. However these images have been abstracted. The paintings hint at an urban spatial setting. Light and shadow add depth. The process / works / paintings are derived from views of the modern city. These views are than simplified. Studied Edward Hopper.
Patina, composition, square, perspective, color, shade, mellow, delicate, straightforward, honest, permanent, tracing, plot, projection, outline.