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Out of Water by Jimenez Lai

Friday, 13th April 2012 Tweet

Looking forward to the collection of Jiminez Lai’s archi-comics ‘Citizens of no Place’ due out sometime soon.


Australia House Entry – by Sibling

Friday, 13th April 2012 Tweet

I like the seasonal sections in this entry for the Australia House in Japan, by Sibling and Andy Yu.

AUSTRALIA HOUSE - sibling.


Apartments Glencourt – Tribe Studio Architects

Thursday, 12th April 2012 Tweet

Some rad new balconies on an existing apartment building by SC pals Tribe Studio:

Apartments Glencourt - Tribe Studio Architects


Yokoyamarama: Engineering

Friday, 2nd December 2011 Tweet

yuichi yokoyama engineering

The collection of Yuichi Yokoyama’s early comics “New Engineering” contains the first four ‘Engineering’ comics. They comprise of Engineering, New Engineering, Engineering 3, and Engineering 4. Each describe the construction of a landscape by unmanned seemingly autonomous machines that is later occupied by Yokoyama’s usual gang of stylised observers.

The first in the series-‘Engineering’-starts with a uniform field of rocks that are crushed by large rollers, irrigated, and rolled over with astroturf. A large rectangular monolith is dropped from the sky onto the astroturf field, exploding into many boulders. A large wheel then rolls through the field and carves out a trench, it rains and a river forms in the trench. Five men show up wearing slacks and shirts and wearing a variety of absurd masks. They make blunt observations of the environment:

What a beautiful view”.

The astroturf is soft”.

The men select one of the boulders and a rectangular opening is made in it, the opening is lined with lift components and the men enter it. The end.

(Note that all the pages that follow are read from right to left, top to bottom, manga style. The captions contain translations of the sound effects form the Japanese, with the numbers referring to the panel number.)

yuichi yokoyama engineering

Engineering

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Monolithic

Friday, 18th November 2011 Tweet

2001 monolith poster

The results of my Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship are on display at Customs House.

The exhibition looks at the immensity of monolithic landscapes and architecture. It consists of the documentation of ten sites visited in early 2010 and comprises of drawings, photographs and renderings. Sites visited and included in the exhibition are; Uluru, The Luxor Casino in Las Vegas, Monument Valley, The Lightning Fields, Donald Judd’s large scale site specific artworks in Texas, the then under construction September 11 Memorial in New York, The Stanley Kubrick Archives, the Bruder Klaus Chapel, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

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Quantum Levitation

Monday, 31st October 2011 Tweet


Yokoyamarama – Prologue: Books

Tuesday, 25th October 2011 Tweet

yuichi yokoyama books

Yuichi Yokoyama is the most exciting comic book artist I have come across in recent times. His books are visceral action stories, and unlike most comics have a preoccupation with the exploration of landscape, transport infrastructure, terraforming and architectural space.

His work is not widely available outside of Japan, but so far published in English are: ‘New Engineering’, ‘Garden’, ‘Travel’ and most recently ‘Colour Engineering’ (which I have ordered but not read at this stage). This prologue is the first of a series of posts looking at this series of comics. They will contain exerts of the books, but if you are intrigued, I urge you to track down copies from the excellent Picture Box press.

New Engineering is a collection of his shorter projects, published in 2007 and the first english language presentation of Yokoyama’s work. Although an english translation is not strictly necessary in appreciating these comics as they are almost entirely comprised of action and where there is dialogue spoken by the various protagonists populating his landscapes, it is perfunctory and rarely goes beyond a short statement such as “The project is a success” or “Now we are leaving”. The comics consist almost entirely of action and sound effects. And the action itself fits largely within two categories: Making and Fighting.

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