Acrylic paint, 22ct gold leaf and mirror on canvas, 1993, 150cm x 90cm.
|Spain, throughout history, has been a collection of provinces, like much of Europe. Rivalry between regions encouraged competition, pride and machismo. |
There’s religion, a significant element of Spanish culture and loyalty to the local aristocracy. The Moors influence in the south said to have brought the bullfight. A ritualistic and symbolic destruction of the Beast. An arena where a man can try his luck by surviving the bull and elevate himself, be proud, have honour if only fleeting.
The Furniture Design;
Elements are chosen for their symbolic values and use language, structural linguistics, as a model.
In design, Postmodernism, follows culture. Like written and spoken language, design language and visual language comprises of an arrangement of signs, a signifier and a signified in a context with meaning.
The approach to the project is in two parts. The first part is to decide unambiguously on a subject. Followed by research and development on paper aiming for a clear final outcome that summarises the subject concisely. This research and development is best done when there is no final product in mind so as not to bias the outcome. Without clarity here, the second part cannot begin.
The second part is to use the elements from the first part as structural components in the design of an object, now to be decided. Consider choosing an object that contributes to the overall significance that subject. The significance of the configuration and function of elements should be kept in mind and contribute to the overall significance of the finished article.
The whole process is to ensure that everything signifies what is intend for it to signify and not a pop-up prototype from ones unconscious.
The project, design a sofa, was commissioned by Grassolier SA, Barcelona, Spain,
My work has been categorised as postmodernism or postmodern design and I’m not sure that this is a comfortable home for it. Perhaps at the very extreme of postmodernism there’s a gate and path to where it truly belongs.
Plan and elevation.
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