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Schematic /City - 3D virtual exhibtion by Paul Greene

Schematic /City

So, 09/08/2019Fr, 12/30/2022

"For those who pass it without entering, the city is one thing; it is another for those who are trapped by it and never leave. There is the city where you arrive for the first time; and there is another city which you leave never to return. Each deserves a different name….” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.

The Cities series is originated exclusively using 3d, vector and other graphics software. It came into being over several years and no photographs suffered in its creation. All pictorial elements are derived solely by the artist, digitally. “I needed to get at the key ideas underlying all cities, rather than any one city. Cities are an extraordinary mix of the planned and unplanned, the intentional and the unintended consequences of those intentions. By combining the plan and perspective projection views on the same picture plane I also hope to start to describe that process by which cities become inadvertently magical.”

You won’t find literal plans here in these rectilinear assemblies. You will find references, allusions and vestiges. Sometimes forcefully etched, sometimes barely perceptible.

They are mated with more literal or ‘standard’ representations of the city, with colour a crucial third element. Its use is deliberately non -representational. Colours work with and across the pictorial elements, serving to speak for the city’s more elusive, mysterious, qualities.

“ A migrational or metaphorical city thus slips into the clear text of the planned and readable city.” Michel De Certeau “ Walking in the City.”

The city can also be seen, therefore, as a multiplicity of migrating "timelines.’’ They bisect, parallel, or intertwine while always remaining discrete, personal, profoundly subjective. They connect homes, places of work, heterotopias of all kinds.

These timelines also bear unconscious witness to a wider movement or shifting; that slow sub-audible creaking that is the sound of the city itself. The city on the move. For cities are always on their way somewhere. They are waxing or waning. They are never still.

Across, alongside and within the imperceptible settlement of the city there is the possibility of something entirely different: something mercurial, and urgent yet at the same time, with the enchanting power to still, to quiet. This is love. That moment when the milling maelstrom simply stops; when purpose is revealed and meaning emerges and takes shape. take shape.

These are moments of deep equipoise, and they can happen to any city dweller at anytime.

4.30pm p.m. one winter afternoon, perhaps. Or 2am a.m. early on a spring morning.…?

When, for some mysterious reason, the line flips, becomes a point, and you just happen to be there, to bear witness.

Paul Greene

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