About the Architecturals

The images in these galleries are all about architecture through the lens of extractive reductionism.

Reductionism can either mean (a) an approach to understand the nature of complex things by reducing them to the interactions of their parts, or to simpler or more fundamental things or (b) a philosophical position that a complex system is nothing but the sum of its parts, and that an account of it can be reduced to accounts of individual constituents. This can be said of objects, phenomena, explanations, theories, and meanings. 

When we look at, say a building, we are seeing a complex object constructed from the basic building blocks of color line and geometry, and we experience that object within the context of its physical location and as a function of our own experiences. What I try to do with my photographs is break those mental connections with context and experience in order to see the parts instead of the whole. By extracting out some of the details of the whole, and eliminating others, the complexity is reduced, the context is eliminated, and the basic forms are left. 

Architectural abstractive reductionism borrows from Minimalism, Suprematism, Formalism, Color Field Painting, and technical drawing.


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