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Medium Experimentation
May 29, 2009, 2:03 pm
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CCF29052009_00001Just thinking about the final presentation methods_


YNG Review
May 29, 2009, 10:57 am
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Here’s a review on one of the artworks that I saw at 21st Kanazawa, which I’d like to feature in my Newtown gallery.

Yoshitomo Nara + graf, A-Z Project

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle presents Yoshitomo Nara and graf’s A to Z Project. Nara, who was born in Hirosaki, Japan in 1959 and presently lives and works in Tokyo, is mostly known for his deceptive, innocent and childlike images. Since 2003 he has teamed up with graf, the Japanese creative design team, to work on the A to Z project, building small ‘huts’, as they call them, to fit within gallery and museum spaces in Japan and abroad. Nara and graf are interested in exploring the relationship between the lived in space and the individual. They recreate work spaces and the objects that may inspire and help their creative sensitivity. This installation includes three houses, with ramps connecting two of them, one with a dog house. Nara’s paintings are… Continue reading

Updated Narrative
May 28, 2009, 10:22 pm
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Once upon a time, there lived a father of modest means and his young daughter in a leafy Sydney suburb. One day, the father received news that his grandfather, whom he had long ago lost contact with, had passed away and that has fortune had been bestowed upon his Australian relations. Being a man of modest means, our young father had no desire to spend the money left over after having allowed for his daughters education, so he took it upon himself to perform a great civic duty- to provide a space to inquire and interact with art.

His desire was simple- to provide an art space in the image of the world he wished for his daughter. Hopeful and playful, uncorrupted by cynicism and distrust.

May 28, 2009, 1:32 pm
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Father + Daugther Towers = Insertions into the hustle&bustle of Newtown

Developing the Courtyard
May 28, 2009, 1:13 pm
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For a while, I had been struggling with the courtyard. Initiall I had just placed the couryard at the back of the site even though it made little sense to do so. I failed to see it as an integral space for displaying art. I then realised that it would be nonsensical for me to have such an important exhibition space outside of the two towers- after all it too was a core space.

Also, I had been thinking about a way to emphasize the idea of father and daughter tower. At first I wanted to include some sort of an attic level where, through little windows you could look down on the daughter tower, metaphoric for the relationship between a father and daughter.

It then occured to me that one solution existed for the two problems; by incorporating a roof-top sculpture garden, I would achieve a sunny space (which was a concern if it were to be at the back of the site, surrounded on all four sides by 3-storey buildings) in which one could look down on the daughter tower and all the while containing all key spaces in the two towers.

Also, I thought it would be whimsical if there were a little garden on the top of the daughter tower, so that it would feel like it were responding to the father tower.

Exploration in Revit
May 27, 2009, 1:01 pm
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As this project is a lot bigger than anything we’ve attempted in studio, I’ve had a few problems even envisioning what the space would be like. I’ve used Revit to try and understand how large the space really is. It was a trial and error process, moving around spaces and testing ideas through the camera-view tool. Usually I prefer using physical models but with something to this scale + given time restraints, I thought Revit would be more suitable.

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May 27, 2009, 12:57 pm
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_Please excuse the image quality, butter paper doesn’t photograph well.BP270749