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Systematizing randomness : a new decorative order


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Arnold, Johnnie A.(Johnnie Arthur) 2004 , 'Systematizing randomness : a new decorative order', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This project has investigated the strategic
development and design of decorative systems that
can operate as independent entities or be part of an
adaptive system of architectural ornament. It is not
about autonomous art objects. The project presents a
re-invention of process, methodology and a new
strategic capability for the generation and
development of systems for a new decorative order.
The original drawings remain in the gallery but the
resultant spatial units or modules are installed on
buildings as required. Considerable in-depth analysis
of wooden door, window lattice and ceiling ornament
systems in the Alhambra was undertaken within the
project. Islamic interlaced ornament consists of
geometrically complex/inter-woven lathes of inlaid
wood integral within the fabric of building
construction where line/structure are one.
A primary focus in the research has been the
development of complex construction line drawings
that form the structural web on which aperiodic and
interlaced patterns are structured. Central to this
project thesis has been the expansion from gallery
wall mounted constructions and drawings to a number
of systems of decorative, volumetric, sculptural
configurations for integration and adoption into
architectural surface or facade.
The move to computer aided drafting (CAD) has
facilitated the development of new spatial units,
modules and systems. The unexpected impact on
drawing has been a vastly increased capability to
explore and produce more complex constructions than
was previously possible using hand drawing
techniques. These new decorative systems provide a
grammar of applied ornament, which are both
fragmentary and coherent. The resulting works have
an exciting 'un-predictability'.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Arnold, Johnnie A.(Johnnie Arthur)
Keywords: Decoration and ornament, Architectural, Computer-aided design
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No photocopying permitted until 2006. Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

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