Friday, 18 June 2010

On Weathering
I have recently read a book called On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time, by Mohsen Mostafavi and David Leatherbarrow. It suggests that rather than viewing weathering on buildings as being a negative thing, it can instead be viewed as a positive thing which adds to and enhances buildings.

I am interested in the idea that through weathering a building will take on the qualities of the place it is situated, an idea that clearly links in with ideas to do with local distinctiveness. The various markings formed through exposure and the layers that are revealed through erosion; allow one to recollect earlier stages in the history of the building.

As I start to think more about nature versus the built environment, I am interested in the idea of surface modification as showing the rightful claim nature has over the built environment, reminding us that buildings are in fact made out of matter making the earth their fabric.
Work work.
Here are a few photographs from the exhibition Work including a nice one of all the artists. The preview was busy with lots of cakes being ate and beers being drunk. Hopefully some engagement with the art as well!

                                Tiago Duarte

                                                  Sarah Redfern

                                Frances Blythe

                                Clara Casian

                                                 The Artists

To read more about the artist's work featured above please follow the link to an article on the exhibition: