Arch. Myriam B. Mahiques Curriculum Vitae

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Upgrading spatiality from a 2D plain fabric

I am always thinking of three dimension or upgrading 2D to 3D spatiality.  This is a natural habit for an architect´s profession and I find it amusing when I pass a plain 2D to 3D thanks to the possibility of shrinking materials, like Aluminum foil, painted canvas, and some fabrics as well.
This is a Japanese scarf that I have found by chance inside a beautiful embroidered purse that I bought at the local swap meet long years ago. 
I don´t wear it since the colors are golden and it looks weird in everyday clothes, but I decided to make some art out of it.
The fabric is splendid, it has those golden tints mixed with blues and reds. It´s hard to manipulate and I used a glass container to keep a shape like the insides of a cave.
I take it as an interesting exercise of shapes, colors and lighting. My pictures were taken today.
I hope they are inspiring for architectural designs....

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wire mesh and colors abstracts

Paying attention to details, this standard wire mesh looks very interesting with its shadows against a warning sign. Geometric patterns are mixed together and produce this enhanced view of three dimension. My picture taken on March 2nd 2017 at the local park, in the late afternoon.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Arts and 3D architecture

 This is the art of Hwang Seon Tae, it's like an acrylic panel with a dull grey architectural composition. A picture has to be taken in order to see the shadows and the 3D image. I took the picture together with ten more people, and once I was done, I saw a handwritten tiny sign around the stand corner "do not take pictures", which I think was a joke.....From Los Angeles Art Show 2017.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

When landscape is incorporated to arts

I came across a young artist, Eric, at the local park. He had extended a wrinkled plastic film between two pine trees to paint a blueish graffiti, which he was going to trash later on. I asked permission to take a few pictures and told him that it was very interesting to see the pine trunks and the grass behind. He looked at me in surprise, he was so focused in his art that he didn´t notice the trees were part of it. He thanked me and said he was happy that I had a different point of view.
I suggested him to see what happened around 5PM in the Winter sunset, those trees have very hard beautiful shadows on the grass and the effect would be different.
Arts X 2= the painting plus the photograph with the landscape incorporated to it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The intriguing poetics of the inside-outside in an open space

I've been at the Shipley Nature Center, which has been opened in 1974 with the aim of educating children on how was California (I should say Southern) 100 years ago.
There are several trails, with different objects, including boomerangs and stones that help the teachers to explain history and indigenous life.
Next to one of the trails I've found two wooden tables with objects aligned on it, which I presume are old musical instruments. The shadows were hard and I was delighted to see the game of light and shadow inside the apse surrounded by trees and wilderness.
And I had this feeling of asking myself if I was inside of a special "room" or outside in the open air, it was confusing, specially when I moved around and could capture the darkness while the tables were in full sun.

So, after downloading my pictures, I grabbed one of my favorite books, Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space and open it randomly, and found these words that helped me reflect on my experience:

"To benefit by all the lessons of modern psychology and all that has been learned about man's being through psycho-analysis, metaphysics should therefore be resolutely discursive. It should beware of the privileges of evidence that are the property of geometrical intuition. Sight says too many things a one time. Being does not see itself. Perhaps, it listens to itself. It does not stand out, it is not bordered by nothingness: one is never sure of finding it, or of finding it solid, when one approaches a center of being. (.....) Sometimes it is in being outside itself that being tests consistencies. Sometimes too, it is closed in, as it were on the outside. (...)
If we multiplied images, taking them in the domain of lights and sounds, of heat and cold, we should prepare a lower ontology, but doubtless one that is more certain than the ontology that reposes upon geometrical images". 

REF. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space. P. 214-215. USA 1994.

Though taken out of context, I think Bacherlard's words apply to my subject.
Please do not download my pictures without permission.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Artist's architectural 3D models from L.A. Art Show 2017

 I love the way these tridrimensional metal models have been done, somehow they look 2D, depending on the point of view, or even 3D renders, but they are mass models attached to one single color panel. This is the work of Kim Byungjoo. Exhibited at Los Angeles Art Show 2017, my pictures taken yesterday.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Strange landscapes. An exercise with morphology, colors and reflections

As the title says, I´m creating landscapes with mountains that I create taking the advantage of reflections with different sources of color on Aluminum foil.
The exercise, apart from having interesting artistic results, has moved me to simulate organic architectural structures -that are so well known today- which I will analyze under fractal concepts and will define which is the best way to measure them. This will be part of another post or publication.
I´ve selected Aluminum to achieve a comparison with metals, specially Titanium.
Please do not reproduce without permission.

Monday, January 18, 2016

AR (t) CHITECTURE. Call for papers

An International Conference at The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning 19-21 April 2016

Call for Papers 
 Good architecture brings forth a thick reality of experience. To create poetic local places (buildings, landscapes, and urban design projects), the architect has to embody the environment in which his architectural creation takes place. Meaningful architectural making always reflects and addresses the time, place, desires and needs of a shared context, but at the same time interprets, ponders, questions and manipulates it, while bringing forth the living subjectivity of the architect. Artistic creation, in its different forms, allows the artist to embody the world poetically. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, film, music, dance, etc., the artist addresses collective cultural topics in a personal manner, questions, criticizes, and illuminates them, and thus actively participates in the shared reality. It is not uncommon that architects immerse themselves in art making. Usually their artistic creation has been regarded as separated from their architectural work. The conference will investigate the intricate and fascinating ties between artistic and architectural making. It will aim to question, exemplify, and evaluate the connection between these two fields. Why do architects preoccupy themselves with art making? What are the relationships between their artistic works and their architectural design? Does their art making enrich their architectural designs? Papers may articulate theoretical relationships between art making and architectural making, approach the relationship between these two fields as modes of thinking in recent decades. Papers may also attest to the relationship between art and architecture through case studies of specific architects, or shed light on the ties between specific works of art and architectural projects. Collaborative, multidisciplinary and historiographical papers are welcome. Important Dates: We are inviting historians, theoreticians, researchers and scholars of various fields and backgrounds to submit a paper proposal for one of the below listed topics. Please email a 500 words abstract, describing the paper proposal to the following email address:
 by March 7, 2016. Accepted abstracts will be notified by March 14, 2016. All accepted papers (based on abstract acceptation) would be included in a publication in the form of proceedings. Guidelines: Please keep title short and appealing. Mention the topic (from list of topics to be discussed in the conference), which your paper addresses. Images (72 dpi) may be included as part of the abstract if they enhance the text and are an integral element of the abstract. 

Please include: Author's full name (surname first) Author's credentials (i.e.: Ph.D., Master Student, Professor, Architect, Artist etc.). Author's affiliation (i.e.: university, office or organization). Author's contact info: Full address, email, and phone number. More than one abstract may be submitted per author. Registration fees are 300 USD per academic professionals, and 250 USD per students. Registration deadline: April 10, 2016. 
 Venues: The conference will take place at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology between the 19th and the 21st of April, 2016. Israel's prominent technological institution, the Technion is located in Haifa on the Carmel Mountain. As the center of the northern Israeli metropolitan, Haifa offers a unique view on local region and culture. 


 Topic 1). Theoretical and philosophical aspects of art making as modes of poetic embodiment of the surroundings and interpretations of the relationship between artistic and architectural making. 
Topic 2). Historiographies of relationships between art and architectural making, with emphasis on their conditions and significance in the contemporary era of enhanced technology and globalization 
Topic 3). Case studies dealing with the artistic and architectural work of architects worldwide, and the ties between specific artistic and architectural projects, methodologies and products. 
 Topic 4). Case studies focusing on artistic and architectural work of Israeli, Palestinian and Mediterranean architects. 

Scientific Committee: Prof. David Leatherbarrow Prof. Architect Joerg Gleiter Architect Zvi Hecker Prof. Architect Iris Aravot - Chair Dr. Architect Dana Margalith Architect Anna Shapiro Architect Yoni Avidan Architect Maya Weissman-Ilan ** For more information please visit our website at: 


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