Project 01: Artist Retreat
The objective of this project was to create a retreat that encompasses the strengths and needs of the artist we selected. The artist that I selected at random was Anselm Kiefer. He is constantly working on his art and sculptures and rarely has time for leisurely activities. My intention for this retreat was to create a very efficient work space first, and then continue with the rest of the design.
Anselm Kiefer is a very non traditional artist who likes to incorporate strange materials such as molten lead, rotting wood, and heavy stones on his sculptures and artwork. His art is heavily influenced by the events of the Holocaust in Germany during World War 2. His choice of materials is very unique because they mimic the materials used on World War 2 planes and German artillery. Moreover his work is usually extremely large and contains multiple elements of stacking, tilting, and cutting objects to get the result he is striving for.
Mixed Media Artwork
In my mixed media art piece I focused on using raw, earthy materials to fully showcase the environment that I chose for my site plan. I also used different kinds of medium for the landscape of the painting including oil paints, oil pastels, and modeling paste. This is inspired by Friebergsee Lake in Germany.
Above are some images of how I began my retreat and what I removed and added during my critical analysis process of the project. The first four sketches are the very early ideas of my retreat. I had a very over complicated retreat design with unnecessary rooms, and design features that made it very difficult for someone to analyze what I was trying to accomplish. After a class wide activity halfway through the project, I used the critique and advice I received form classmates to formulate the sketch up model above. This design ended up being the closest rendition that I made to the final project.
Here is the final model of my retreat as well as my final drawings and plans. I used chipboard and foam to create my model, and I used multiple window openings on the west side elevations to illuminate the bedrooms and office spaces. The large window opening on the front side elevation is there to illuminate the workshop. I also created a tunnel entrance to signify the tunnels that Anselm creates in his paintings such as his Sulasmith painting from 1981. Furthermore I added references to his 7 heavenly palaces sculpture from 2004 by using different roof elevations to represent the different sized towers. The final inspiration that I used was his Sternenfall painting from 1995 on my slanted patio roof. By creating small star shapes on the side of wall which allowed light to seep through and present the image of clustered stars on the east wall. I included a large 48' by 20' work space to allow Anselm to make large sculptures and paintings, and I also included a large 48' by 24' patio area for him to enjoy the stars and outdoor activities. I chose to make average sized rooms that are all about 14' by 12' because he is not spending much time sleeping or sitting down. He is constantly creating and making new ideas for his work and hence why I chose to make a large work space for him.