UPDATE: Steven Holl – interviewed by Charlie Rose. I was very happy and excited to see a bit of the University of Iowa’s new Art Building be a part of the noted work discussed in the interview by Charlie Rose. I have to say that having been a part of the team for the Art Building and from the architect-of-record point of view, this was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I’ve had. I think it is important to note how many times Mr. Holl refers to “we” or “us” when describing the process. It begins with a strong idea that a group can work upon and with.
The “we” expands and contracts of course throughout process but ultimately boils down to recognizing the power of a strong client / architect / builder – with these three willful partners in this process a lot of great work and ideas can be accomplished.
Well, in the vein of shameless self promotion, this is an image from a group of photos that I have been working on that to me pose a question about the photographic cliche. Just where does that line fall? I don’t know sometimes – it depends.
Since I’m away from these places now for sometime, the images have become more important to me – perhaps a kind of sentimental transference – who knows.
Village View Farm 1904 [West Central Iowa 2006] by Matt Niebuhr
Untitled [Barn, North elevation, East central Iowa] by Matt Niebuhr
As more time passes, I think these two tap into my own mental “memory image” of what I picture a barn or crib might look like – iconic might be better word to describe them in my opinion. More like an iconic memory. More here at www.mattniebuhr.com
…examining the threshold at which ordinary visibility ends and perception begins ….