Diane Arbus, Clouds on Screen at a Drive-In Movie, N.J., 1960
Valter Scelsi, Come parli frate, 2014
Peter Zumthor. Thermal baths at Vals.
Anne Holtrop - Maniera Shelf by Sven Laurent [marble, petrified wood, 2014]
Peter Zumthor: Zinc Mine Museum Project, Norway
"For the past 12 years, the Pritzker laureate has been working on a cluster of museum buildings that lead to a disused zinc mine in a remote part of Norway. Icon visited the construction site, and the architect’s Swiss studio, to learn why the project has taken so long and how it’s edging towards completion"
Between two worlds
by Felipe Neto
Bunker, photograph by Marc Wilson, in Portland, Dorset, England.
Photography by Michael Nash, 1946, in Warsaw, Poland.
Observatoire by Noémie Goudal
The astronomical observatories by Maharajah Jai Singh II in Jaipur and Delhi were superimposed onto natural landscapes.
Andy Goldsworthy, ‘Cracked Earth Removed’
Material, that is to say unformed or unshaped matter, is the field where authority blocks independent experimentation less than in many other fields, and for this reason it seems well fitted to become the training ground for invention and free speculation. It is here that even the shyest beginner can catch a glimpse of the exhilaration of creating, by being a creator while at the same time he is checked by irrevocable laws set by the nature of the material, not by man. Free experimentation here can result in the fulfilment of an inner urge to give form and to give permanence to ideas, that is to say, it can result in art, or it can result in the satisfaction of invention in some more technical way.
But most important to one’s own growth is to see oneself leave the safe ground of accepted conventions and to find oneself alone and self-dependent. It is an adventure which can permeate one’s whole being. Self-confidence can grow. And a longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means, within oneself; for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.
"Work with Material," by Anni Albers
in the exhibition "Form through Colour" at Somerset House, London (until 31st August)