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  7. Particular Contemplation / Maria Souto de Moura

Particular Contemplation / Maria Souto de Moura

  • 13:00 - 5 May, 2017
Particular Contemplation / Maria Souto de Moura
Particular Contemplation / Maria Souto de Moura, © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio + 31

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

Text description provided by the architects. The project was conceived with the exclusive intention of receiving a polyptych. A piece composed by a set of mobile and fixed panels, built on a single support.

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

Traditionally associated with sacred art, the art piece does not represent religious themes, but is instead of an erotic nature. It is in this ambiguity between the sacred and the profane that this project emerges.

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

The polyptych, a 5 by 3.5 metres symmetrical composition, imposes a distant but direct first contact. The entrance was thought of as an additional feature to avoid an immediate confrontation with the contemplation space. A bifurcated path leads and positions the observer in front of the painting, only from within the space.  A characteristic associated with the Islamic architecture, in way the arrival to a place of worship is prepared.

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Model
Model
Model
Model
Model

The entrance is narrow and enclosed by diagonal planes, in contrast to the contemplation space. The lack of light dissolves the perception of the spatial boundaries, thereby becoming an undefined and infinite scene. The existing light is cut-out by the painting, standing out as a singular element floating in the dark backdrop of the walls and ceiling. The sound of footsteps on the wooden floor is part of the theatricality of the assembly, referring to the ambience of a religious space.

Drawings
Drawings

From the outside, one clearly perceives the composition of the two volumes. The entrance of a bloodstained colour penetrates the contemplation space, whereas the cork skin reinforces the anthropomorphic texture of the piece.

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

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Cite: "Particular Contemplation / Maria Souto de Moura" 05 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/870681/particular-contemplation-maria-souto-de-moura/> ISSN 0719-8884