December 7, 2016

USE MORE PAPER| DAVID ESKENAZI

USE MORE PAPER| DAVID ESKENAZI

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.
  • Lie.

WORKSHOP TICKETS 

– Emerson Dameron, A+D Press

– Photo Credit: www.archinect.com

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