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Finding Lost Newness: Archiving the Architecture of Eileen Gray’s E.1027

Finding Lost Newness: Archiving the Architecture of Eileen Gray’s E.1027

Adam Kaasa Every document in the archive, every object explodes into a multiplicity of texts, other objects, memories and narratives that, for most of the time anyway, are content to be contained within the lacquer of a porcelain bowl, the shape of a wooden leg on a chair, or the whitewash of a modernist villa. What follows begins with the morning light on the window shutters of Monaco and ends in ashes. The first...

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apostrophe: Study for Three Reclining Figures

Francisco-Fernando Granados Portraits are signs. In a portrait, the figure pushes to the foreground while the background recedes in order to make its opposite legible. There is a boundary created between positive and negative space. The up-rightness characteristic of a portrait presents the figure in way that suggests an identity. Insofar as this is the case, the purpose of a portrait is recognizabilty for its subject. Reclining figures are traces. The iconographic convention of...

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Speaking of Time: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Framing Yugoslavia’s Spomenik Post ’89

Speaking of Time: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Framing Yugoslavia’s Spomenik Post ’89

Yasmin Nurming-Por Since my research trip to the former Yugoslavia in 2012, I have been haunted by the experience of monuments.  During my time in the former republics, I had the opportunity to visit two of 25 monuments (spomenik): one in Podgaric (Fig.1) just outside of Zagreb in Croatia, and one in Ilirska Bistrica (Fig. 2) close to Piran, in Slovenia. As a partial descendant of Yugoslavia (my heritage is Slovenian and Estonian) these...

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Constructed Ruin

Constructed Ruin

Ashley McLellan The staircase at the end of the alleyway next to my old apartment building looked as though it was a forgotten ruin from the distant past. Built to reflect classical aesthetics, the stairs were not long but wide and steep, constructed from what appeared to be paving stones of various sizes on the front, and concrete on top. On the east side, three small statues flanked them—a lion, the bust of a...

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