Modus opeRaNdi

The ‘Modus Operandi’ or ‘Mode of Operating’ I practice is a constant negotiation of binate elements, quality and function. These key drivers domino the design decisions which follow throughout the lifespan of a project. While keeping to this decision making prescription, existing within the design process is the aleatory, the unanticipated events which, if anything, are a reminder of the untamable dynamic qualities of the landscape. On a more “controllable” scale in regards to representation of nascent concepts, I exercise the idea of experimentation through materiality.

Reclaimed spalted maple wood, steel rod, wood filler /spackle mix.

Reclaimed spalted maple wood, steel rod, wood filler /spackle mix.

Maple wood, plaster, liquid silicone rubber, wooden dowels.

Maple wood, plaster, liquid silicone rubber, wooden dowels.

Manifesting physical representations of complex ecological systems is indeed a challenge, a challenge of how best to accurately express energy, color, texture and other ephemeral qualities. Equipped with gained knowledge on a multitude of materials from my years of iterative product design and model making as an industrial designer, I approach the task of representing qualities of landscape materials in artful and evocative formats.

In efforts to minimize waste, the bulk of the materials I use are sourced from wood shop scrap piles and metal shop discard bins. Others are acquired and up-cycled from discount resell art supply shops and the occasional bohemian scavenging session. This attitude to model making is the exact mentality I have in regards to sites. Repurposing existing derelict infrastructures and fragments rather than importing new, pristine elements. “avant garde meets vintage”. Growing up in rugged settings such as Miami, I’ve found a certain beauty and necessity in emphasizing the grittiness or urban life and have made it a duty to preserve such vestiges which are disappearing in large scale gentrification.

Recycled cardboard, plotter paper scraps, hot glue, reeds, misc. twigs.

Recycled cardboard, plotter paper scraps, hot glue, reeds, misc. twigs.

AVANT GARDE MEETS VINTAGE

Recycled cardboard, plotter pManifesting physical representations of complex ecological systems is indeed a challenge, a challenge of how best to accurately express energy, color, texture and other ephemeral qualities. Equipped with gained knowledge on a multitude of materials from my years of iterative product design and model making as an industrial designer, I approach the task of representing qualities of landscape materials in artful and evocative format

Above - Plaster, liquid casting rubber, hemp string, toothpicks. Right - Blue foam, recycled honey-comb cardboard, steel rod, vellum.

Above - Plaster, liquid casting rubber, hemp string, toothpicks. Right - Blue foam, recycled honey-comb cardboard, steel rod, vellum.

Recycled cardboard, plotter pManifesting physical representations of complex ecological systems is indeed a challenge, a challenge of how best to accurately express energy, color, texture and other ephemeral qualities. Equipped with gained knowledge on a multitude of materials from my years of iterative product design and model making as an industrial designer, I approach the task of representing qualities of landscape materials in artful and evocative format

Red Oak, clear epoxy resin, steel cable, up-cycled yellow foam.

Red Oak, clear epoxy resin, steel cable, up-cycled yellow foam.

Porous cork block, plater, clear liquid silicone rubber, straws, hemp string.

Porous cork block, plater, clear liquid silicone rubber, straws, hemp string.