By Marlon Blackwell
"I dwell, perform, train, and construct in northwest Arkansas, within the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. it is a position thought of to be in the course of nowhere, but mockingly just about all over. it really is an atmosphere of actual traditional attractiveness and, concurrently, one in every of actual developed ugliness. Abandonment, exploitation, erasure and nostalgia are all elements of this position and are stipulations as actual as its typical attractiveness and native shape. This land of disparate stipulations in not only a environment for my paintings -- it truly is a part of the paintings. via selecting to reside and paintings the following -- to name it domestic -- i have been in a position to get past the outside of items, to show over the rock and observe the advanced and wealthy underbelly of my position -- its visceral presences and expressive personality -- that so informs and sustains my efforts. i'm operating from the conviction that structure is bigger than the topic of architecture." --Marlon BlackwellMarlon Blackwell is a passionate polemicist. he is additionally a truly talented architect. The tasks during this first monograph at the "radical ruralist," as touted by means of the Royal Institute of British Architects, supply a brand new architectural language that without delay have fun the vernacular and transgress the bounds of the normal. the implications are -- we won't aid it, there isn't any higher be aware -- beautiful.Incisive essays through David Buege, Dan Hoffman, and Juhani Pallasmaa and luxurious images by means of Tim Hursley, Richard Johnson, and Kevin Latady discover Blackwell's initiatives, together with his extensively acclaimed Keenan TowerHouse, the award-winning Moore HoneyHouse, 2Square condominium, and Flynn-Schmitt BarnHouse, studios, and institutional structures.
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4] Haptic qualities tend to evoke an air of nearness, intimacy, invitation, and care, as opposed to the arrogance and sensory repression characteristic of purely retinal imagery. Tactility strengthens the experience of the real. For Blackwell buildings are generators of and frames for experience. Profound and touching architectural experiences arise from the tectonic realities of construction, truthful materiality, and the existential charge of the imagery, not from ﬁctitious pictorial fabrications.
G. 4] Haptic qualities tend to evoke an air of nearness, intimacy, invitation, and care, as opposed to the arrogance and sensory repression characteristic of purely retinal imagery. Tactility strengthens the experience of the real. For Blackwell buildings are generators of and frames for experience. Profound and touching architectural experiences arise from the tectonic realities of construction, truthful materiality, and the existential charge of the imagery, not from ﬁctitious pictorial fabrications.
In these conditions I do not see a negative, but instead, a source of deep possibilities,” 7 writes Blackwell. ” 8 [ﬁg. 2] He aims to rechannel the existing economic, cultural, and technical forces to produce an architecture that reenchants and humanizes these very conditions. Blackwell has taken a difﬁcult and also somewhat unfashionable position in an architectural world obsessed with another kind of architecture: the elevation of the ego of the author rather than the revitalization of tradition and the imagery of an intellectualized, abstracted, and universal style.
An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell by Marlon Blackwell