Going to take to my knees today, to pray for it being a beautiful Easter Sunday for you, that everything feels new, and that you get everything you're praying most desperately for, too. You're in my best hopes, loves.
When hit by boredom, I begin to frequent my addiction to manufacturing my own reality - through perspective drawing, incidents of light, laws of optics and ever returning desire for Italy. And it always teaches me a great deal.
This particular drawing is lagging a year behind as its content represents ideas conceived back in university, and I have found my way out of those thick woods already last summer. Nevertheless, the buildings of my final year are not a dead concern and still vaguely present in my consciousness. This image is of a nonexistent cathedral square in London. The square stands as a vacuum in the big city order. The usual rules of such city - small rental apartments with broken blinds, with object and furniture densities that resemble antique shop or jeweller’s shelf where every single centimetre of surface has its own purpose, compartment and use - here are counterbalanced by the magnificent uselessness of the square.
The reality-inspiring logic of linear perspective drawing is somewhat an absurd deviation from the actual life that rarely takes on a clearly linear progression and straightforward way. We roam in circles, on broad paths, move backwards and forwards inconsistently, often we shrink, recede, dissolve instead of growing and expanding. Hence the great pleasure of clinging to the unfailing standard perspective rules - with objects looming large in the foreground, the gradual disappearance of them, further degrees of subtraction, volumes losing significance as they decrease towards the horizon and drift into absolute nonexistance. An architectural norm, in short. An order disturbed only by occasional reflections of the opposite side in facade windowpanes. One can look at these manipulated scales without confusion and without punctuation, with one’s gaze shifting from one thing to another like thoughts.
The more interesting question here is: on what number and on what kind of details to settle? The presence of badly made and ugly objects, shapes, textures, hues, decor situations can fill me with horror. #roomwithaview#idealcity#architecture#venice#vanishingpoint#italy#hammershøi#window#carloscarpa#goeritz#romanbust