Things that Make You Cry, Even When You’re Not Real Sad.
As I approach the end of Juhani Pallasmaa’s Eyes of the Skin, I cannot help but anchor one more post on a tidbit of this writing. This is a profound little book that I am sure I will read over and again. At the very least, I’ll buy myself a copy so I can underline and doodle the crap out of it. If you are interested in how our senses function, in metaphysical discussion of what our senses are and how they relate to art and architecture – buy this book. I mean, you can probably get it on Amazon for something like 49¢ anyhow, right?*** Now, take it away Juhani…
“A work of art functions as another person, with whom one unconsciously converses. When confronting a work of art we project our emotions and feelings on to the work. A curious exchange takes place; we lend the work our emotions, whereas the work lends us its authority and aura. Eventually, we meet ourselves in the work.”¹
Hot damn, Mr. Pallasmaa – you really have a way of nailing it. My entire life long I have regarded objects, plants, works of art and works of architecture as silent ‘others’ that populate our world (yes, I anthropomorphized the heck out of my toys as a kid). That is, dialog with my environment has always been central to my way of thinking and has now matured into a crucial element of my artistic and architectural practice. I want to share three works and atmospheres below that have drawn me into “curious exchange” and indeed, inspired overwhelming emotional experiences in which I have, incrementally, come to meet myself.
Thanks for reading – and dry those tears, you big baby.
*** Okay, I lied, it’s more like 20 bucks. Do it anyhow, it’s worth eating Ramen for a few days.
¹ Pallasmaa, Juhani. The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses. Chichester: Wiley-Academy, 2005. Print.
INTERESTING & RELATED LINKS:
Brancusi’s Studio in Paris: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28951908@N07/sets/72157610814172502/
Warhol in Crown Hall: http://archidose.blogspot.com/2010/06/todays-archidose-423.html