March 18, 2014 / Jeff
Weatherproof Steel and Inspiration
The way that Richard Serra manipulates every inch of an exhibit space is something that as an architect I find very inspirational.
Last week a few of us had a chance to check out his exhibit at the Gagosian. It was a very spatial experience, sometimes tight and restrictive and other times spacious and open. The experience of moving through these rooms dominated by raw steel planes and masses was diminished only by the inability to test their weight or feel their scale.
It is impossible not to respect these pieces for their sheer mass and raw materiality and while these are pretty amazing finished sculptures, I am thinking of them more as a spark or starting point. The minimalism of these pieces enable you to project your own ideas on the forms as if they were the beginnings of something new and not yet realized. I can’t particularly see Serra liking that idea, as I’m sure he went through his own long process to arrive at these exact forms, but for me these pieces inspire concepts of spaces and get me excited about experimenting with mass and volume and materiality and how they can all fit into an architecture we intend for people to fully interact with, not only as a viewable object within a space, but as the space itself.