Velocity Kendall: I'm always glad to disvcover that anything I've said has been helpful. And you're more than welcome to ask me questions, just don't get your expectations up too high.
AustenFM: Thanks so much. I've had the opportunity to look at your sketchbook as well. You have bedazzling work.
So the journey towards a presentable portfolio takes another step forward.
This work is from a competition I entered with a group back in the Fall of 2010. It was called Trimo Urban Crash, and the idea was simple enough. They had a recreational area, and they wanted something to put there that could function simultaneously as seating and a performance space. Snore, boring. I did my own thing.
Unfortunately, sometimes doing your own thing doesn't always work out for the best, and we never progressed past the semi-finals round. I had miscalculated. They allowed the public to come in an vote on their favorite projects, which meant that my project, laden as it was with archi-babble and phrases like "morphological ecologies" was quickly eliminated by voters rightly concerned with my usage of academic pseudo-speak. I've since learned my lesson about that, too. It taught me to write in more readily accessible ways.
Whatever the case, the voters may not have been ready for my next level views on social activism. Perhaps developing a program for the promotion and exercise of free-speech in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a formerly eastern, soviet-bloc country might have been a little premature. It probably also didn't help that I was implicitly advocating loitering and spontaneous social interaction as healthy social activity. I don't know. With competitions, it's always a toss-up. The winner would take a far more conventional approach to the design: http://www.trimo-urbancrash.com/index.php?id=59&lang=en&a=single&project=14110
Their graphics were also leagues beyond ours in terms of quality. What I have here has been updated from where they were in 2010.
Now, I always enjoyed the prospect of a lonely cube just kind of sitting out there on the landscape. Things like that always draw people to them. Triggering a person's "What the fuck is that?" receptor can act as a powerful manipulator. I was always sure of this specifically because I had noticed that youths (myself included) were attracted, via some physic magnetism, to derelict, dilapidated stuff. Be it a broken down car, or what have you, kids will be hanging out on it, around it, or inside of it. My objective was to tap into this primal, subconscious urge. Was I successful? I hope I was.
I've written a lot, but I think that it's important to talk about one's work, especially in an forum environment like this one.
Believe it or not, our original submission featured a ludicrous three breakdancers in this last panel. It was our thought at the time that the sheer quantity of breakdancers would give us the winning edge in the competition. We would ultimately lose to many submissions that featured exactly zero breakdancers, which immediately caused us to question our earlier preconceptions.