This Sunday, architect and educator David Eskenazi will lead a workshop in conjunction with our current exhibition The Drawing Show. Participants will start by building volumetric models with two-dimensional materials and finish by creating drawings based on those models.
To prepare, we thought it might be helpful to get a rough idea of Eskenazi’s guiding principles. From his website, here is a manifesto of sorts, in the form of a list. For extra fun, see how many of these you can pull off simultaneously.
- Copy forms, not ideas.
- Make work by comparing things.
- Avoid dialectic binaries like new/old, intellectual/artistic, valid/invalid. Focus on peculiar varieties of established interests.
- Aim for conceptual clarity over virtuosity.
- Work on how to work.
- On the other hand, creative work isn’t a one-liner lesson. Don’t finger wag.
- Buildings, videos, drawings, and models are different. They point to each other, but they aren’t copies of one another. Dodge the reflex to index one into the other.
- Real > Not Real
- Unlike a single issue voter, this isn’t a single issue practice; the work won’t fit into a tight narrative. Think Eames’s output with VSB polemic.
- Start with an observation, reformat something, or confront a circumstance.
- Use more paper.
- Interest + Technique + Format = Output
- Post this list on the website. People might read it, or most likely skip it, but it holds the work accountable.
- Copy ideas, not forms.
- Position forms around coherence, familiarity, arrangement, or abstraction. So far, circles have been working out.
– Emerson Dameron, A+D Press
– Photo Credit: www.archinect.com