Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Orange and the Green

Exclusively for Saturated Space, a new text by Jon Astbury

"Paint is ubiquitous, one of the most prevalent mediators between vision and the built environment. And yet as a complex material in its own right, any discussion of paint is often subjugated to the realms of superficiality and superfluity: it isn’t party to discussions of architecture making, it is simply a form of clothing that architecture wears.

Here, using the example of MVRDV’s repainted Studio Thonik project in Amsterdam, the theoretical considerations that the use of paint and the act of painting can encourage will be considered, in an attempt to open up some areas in which its usage can be reclaimed as just as worthy of consideration as space or form."

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