HARD EDGE VISION
“Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to
conclusions that logic cannot reach” (Sol LeWitt, Sentencies).
In the first of his Sentencies, Sol LeWitt, founder of American MINIMALISM, emphasized that subtle and sometimes invisible red thread that unites the rigorous planning with the experience of the transcendent, understood as the ability to go beyond order and rigor of the calculation through the progressive reduction to the essence of the form. The return to the origin. The GEOMETRIC absolute.
From these premises develops our way of understanding and wor-
king with space, and with architecture.
The starting point analyzes the fundamentals of western thought translated into Euclidean plane geometry and precisely into the rectangle, which is the analytical basis and the planning momentum of the various architectural works. The rectangle as a base, field, even work sheet, blank page, essential root and plant matrix of a possible volume. The rectangle becomes a parallelepiped, in volumes that are decomposed, divided, assembled, associated on each other.
A conceptual and architectural way that starts from a basic theme, and declines it in n-variations.
A strong, PURE, exact gesture that responds to practical and functional needs: the volumetric cuts and decompositions follow the FLOWS and paths of the final user inside the building. If the theory visualizes and develops an architectural project, the experience, the use and the flows inside the project connote it and breaks it down. Architecture is a strong and peremptory gesture that is charged with violence and the need of man, in his giving and receiving, every day, to the space identity and knowledge. In this double instance, the design and construction is founded: aware of sinking the thought in that place of investigation originally European and afferent to the most radical historical avant-gardes, from Neoplasticism to the Bauhaus, welcoming them in dialectics with the American
thought or with minimalist poetics and of HARD EDGE.
“Space is a doubt: I have constantly to mark it, to designate it. It’s
never mine, never given to me, I have to conquer it” (Georges Perec, Species of spaces).