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09.14.11 | Comment?

The exhibition explores the oval as a specific connection between geometry and space: The oval as architectural geometry is articulated in different spatial seams to an interior that represents the outline of a pavilion. This begets a space of pools and turbulence, of intersection and volume. It produces an architecture not only of air-space, but one that is both the body and its cavity. The pavilion in its entirety is represented in sketches and drawings.

“Baroque architects privileged the oval to the circle because it had greater variety in its changing curvature. This changing curvature was appealing because it implied a feeling of movement along its longer axes, a slowing and quickening of space. This feeling of movement could be intensified through the use of variations or combinations of different ovals. This effect was strengthened by Baroque architects through their use of incomplete ovals, so that one space leads to the next. The space within the oval was symbolic of heaven.”

Source: Blunt, Anthony. Baroque and Rococo, Architecture and Decoration, New York: Portland House, p. 41

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