We represent abstract thought through the concrete and through words;, through the analysis of an object meant as distinct form. The Alhambra in Granada, the Place Stanislas in Nancy, the works of the Land-Art, all express the enduring nature of the ephemeral. In these places, materials are used in order to discover an unknown substance: the velvety charcoal, the hardness of the water, the soft and youthful skin of a shadow, the endurance a gypsum board, the fragility of a stalk of iron, the closeness of the distant, the static of time, the inert of the living being, the fragility of a wall.
From the analysis of these dichotomies in that time of contemplation and from the perception of two or more elements nearby – the dynamism of a pond still is a waterfall – we extract emotions that pervade our reason.
The intellect does not perceive, the senses do not think. We use the material as a union between the technical and emotional; between the engineering and the decorative. We use is as a tool of expression of our thought, sending information to our senses, pervading our being through images, metaphors, analogies, models, signs, symbols or allegories, stitching thought and imagination to reach sublimation.
URBAN MATERIALS: 3 lectures by JOSE MARIA NAVARRO