"It is not easy to orient yourself in a whole which is made up of parts belonging to different dimensions," observed Paul Klee in 1924, "and nature is such a whole, just like art, its transformed reflection. It is hard to gain an overall view of such totality, whether it be nature or art, and it is still harder to communicate the view to others." Many years since Klee blamed the trouble on language, while he proceeded to experiment with new solutions for handling spatial representation in painting, the challenge still looms at least as large. If the arrival of digital media only aggravated matters, there is yet hope its development may harbor clues that can help us comprehend and negotiate the myriad dimensions.
(2007-01-05)A place is constructed in the mind. Whereas western architectural design invests energy in the tangible matter of enclosure, mass, and facade, Japanese practice has embraced aspects of the environment that people neither ...