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Systematizing randomness : a new decorative order

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posted on 2023-05-26, 22:37 authored by Arnold, JA
This project has investigated the strategic development and design of decorative systems that can operate as independent entities or be part of an adaptive system of architectural ornament. It is not about autonomous art objects. The project presents a re-invention of process, methodology and a new strategic capability for the generation and development of systems for a new decorative order. The original drawings remain in the gallery but the resultant spatial units or modules are installed on buildings as required. Considerable in-depth analysis of wooden door, window lattice and ceiling ornament systems in the Alhambra was undertaken within the project. Islamic interlaced ornament consists of geometrically complex/inter-woven lathes of inlaid wood integral within the fabric of building construction where line/structure are one. A primary focus in the research has been the development of complex construction line drawings that form the structural web on which aperiodic and interlaced patterns are structured. Central to this project thesis has been the expansion from gallery wall mounted constructions and drawings to a number of systems of decorative, volumetric, sculptural configurations for integration and adoption into architectural surface or facade. The move to computer aided drafting (CAD) has facilitated the development of new spatial units, modules and systems. The unexpected impact on drawing has been a vastly increased capability to explore and produce more complex constructions than was previously possible using hand drawing techniques. These new decorative systems provide a grammar of applied ornament, which are both fragmentary and coherent. The resulting works have an exciting 'un-predictability'.


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Copyright 2004 the author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). No photocopying permitted until 2006. Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

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